Feb 09

New Vfx supervisor at FIDO

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Fido Stockholm has recruited home comer swede Mattias Lindahl from DNEG in London, were he used to work as VFX supervisor.

Mattias latest job for DNEG was to VFX supervise the effects of “Kick-ass”. He also has been working on films as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) (visual effects supervisor: Double Negative), Angels & Demons (2009) (technical director: Double Negative),10,000 BC (2008) (digital artist: Double Negative,Stardust (2007) (digital visual effects supervisor: Double Negative),The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) (CG supervisor). More at IMDB

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Lot’s of stuff has changed in the swedish vfx industry since Mattias left Sweden in 1997 and I’m very pleased that an old friend has returned. Welcome back Mattias!

Feb 06

The Art of VFX | THE BOOK OF ELI- Deak Ferrand – Visual Effects Designer / Matte Painter – Hatch

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A new interview Posted by VinceFX in Matte Painter at the Art of vfx blog

THE BOOK OF ELI: Deak Ferrand – Visual Effects Designer / Matte Painter – Hatch

Deak Ferrand has worked for more than 15 years in visual effects as a matte painter. He was on the team that won an Academy Award for the Best Visual Effects for WHAT DREAMS MAY COMES. He has since founded his own company, Hatch, and has participated in a large number of film projects such as RIDDICK, CONSTANTINE, SHOOTER, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES, RED CLIFF and WOLVERINE.

What is your life path?
I left Switzerland to go to Montreal where I had heard that there was a 3D school, NAD Center, teaching Softimage. I attended night school there. After about 6 months the people from Buzz Effects Montreal came to teach us what they do. Each of us had to make an animation for our demo reel at the end of the year. When I met Rick Ostiguy from Buzz, he saw what I was working on and really liked what I was doing. He soon asked me to come to Buzz. They initially hired me for two weeks to work on one commercial and afterwards they asked me to stay. I accepted and it is there that I learnt everything about post production.

Read more: The Art of VFX » THE BOOK OF ELI: Deak Ferrand – Visual Effects Designer / Matte Painter – Hatch.

Feb 05

important looking pirates | Absolut “Loops”

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ILP have been busy bee’s lately, have a look at their latest creation for Absolut Vodka and Acne Production.

Very nice full cg spots, as all work from ILP beautiful rendered.

Important Looking Pirates just finished two Absolute Vodka, full CG spots, for ACNE production. The challenge was to create a photo realistic set featuring a wide range of frozen objects in mid-air. We tried to capture the action and the weight of falling objects.

CREDITS

Direction: Daniel Skoglund, Linnéa Bergman Sjöstrand
Producer: Pål Åsberg
Line Producer: Alexander Blidner
Production coordinators: Marcus Henricsson/Karolina Sjöborg
ILP team:
VFX Supervisor: Niklas Jacobson
VFX Producer: Frida Färlin
VFX team: Daniel Rådén, Niklas Ström, Sigurd Fernström, Niklas Nyqvist

Read more at: important looking pirates | Absolut.

Feb 05

Markus Lundqvist – Flame/vfx artist reel | Motiongrapher

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A new showreel from Markus Lundqvist, flame/vfx artist at redrum post, featured on Motiongrapher.

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more about “Markus Lundqvist reel“, posted with vodpod

Feb 04

The Art of VFX | AVATAR | Jonathan Fawkner – VFX Supervisor – Framestore

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New interview at Art of Vfx blog by Vincent Frei.

AVATAR: Jonathan Fawkner – VFX Supervisor – Framestore

Jonathan Fawkner is working since 10 year at Framestore. He has worked on the most biggest projects of the studio such as V FOR VENDETTA, THE GOLDEN COMPASS or THE DARK KNIGHT.

– Hi Mr Fawkner, how did Framestore came on one of the most excited project of those past years ?
We were contacted in late 2008 by VFX Producer Joyce Cox to pick up non-na’vi shots for Weta Digital and help them out.  We had worked on the Kryptonite Island for SUPERMAN RETURNS and Harvey Two-Face for THE DARK KNIGHT which Cox had previously been involved with.

– What was the sequences done at Framestore ?
Framestore did the sequences at Hell’s Gate, when Jake rolls onto the airfield in his weelchair and gets his first view of Pandora and later when he and the Avatar crew escape in the Sampson, as well as the pivotal scene where Jake meets Colonel Quarritch in the armour bay.

Read more:The Art of VFX » AVATAR: Jonathan Fawkner – VFX Supervisor – Framestore.

Feb 02

Avatar Earns 9 Oscar Noms — See How Cameron Created His Sci-Fi Epic | Wired.com

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Avatar making-of videos on Wired.com

some you seen, some you might not have seen.


Wired.com unveils a series of behind-the-scenes videos for Avatar, nominated for 9 Academy Awards.

Videos: Avatar Earns 9 Oscar Noms — See How Cameron Created His Sci-Fi Epic | Underwire | Wired.com.

Feb 02

Oscar Nominations announced | fxguide quick takes

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Oscar Nominations announced

Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards® were announced early this morning by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For the visual effects category this means the field is now narrowed from seven to these three nominated films:

Avatar
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

District 9
Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken

Star Trek
Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Avatar and District 9 are also nominated for Best Picture. The Visual Effects branch of the Academy is made up of 290 members, 279 of which are active members and 11 are retired. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

A complete list of nominations in all categories can be found after the

read more

via fxguide quick takes » Oscar Nominations announced.

Feb 02

The Art of VFX | Hassan El Youbi – TD Lighting – Weta Digital

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For all you Avatar fans: A new article about the work done by Hassan El Youbi – TD Lighting – Weta Digital

on Avatar from the new interesting blog Art of Vfx by Vincent Frei

Evolving for more than 10 years in the French and European postproduction, Hassan El Youbi worked in the most part of the Parisian studios as Mac Guff, Sparx or Duboi. He joins the teams of Weta Digital in summer 2008 for AVATAR.

– Hi Hassan, can you explain us your course??
I’m a self-educated person in artistic domain. I headed for CNBDI Angoulême to have CG specialization in 1994.
My experience, I acquired it in different Parisian and European companies such as MacGuff or Duboi…

– How did you arrived on one of the most expected movie of these last years??
Between two productions in Paris, I decided to fill the recruitment page of Weta Digital.
I was definitely far from suspecting that I went working on such quickly AVATAR, at this moment THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and LOVELY BONES were under way.

Read more at :

The Art of VFX » Archive for Digital artist.