Jan 08

The Last 10 Oscar nominees !

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The last runner ups, here with some links from fxguide…

Captain America: The First Avenger – check out our coverage on Lola’s work for Skinny Steve here and the rest of the work here.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – take a look at DnegFramestore and Tippett Studio’s effects for the film, and our interview with MPC. Plus coverage of Baseblack’s work and the color grading.
Hugo – listen to our interview with Rob Legato, watch our fxguidetv ep with New Deal Studios, and read more about the vfx here.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – listen to our interview with ILM’s Ben Snow, and read aboutMPC and Cinesite’s work for the film.
Real Steel – DD’s Erik Nash talks to us about the VFX, and read more in-depth coverage here.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – listen to our interview with Weta’s Dan Lemmon, and we look at the previsfor the film.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – here are our articles on ILM and DD’s work.
The Tree of Life – an interview with vfx supe Dan Glass on fxinsider.
X-Men: First Class – read our article on the film’s vfx here, plus a Q&A with John Dykstra at fxinsider.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – coming soon – an fxguidetv episode with ILM’s John Knoll and Mohen Leo, and director Brad Bird.

The Oscars VFX bake-off will take place on Thursday, January 19th when members of the visual effects group of the Academy will vote to bring the list to the final five nominations, to be announced on January 24th. The Oscars are to be held on February 26th.

Feb 22

The Lost Thing | Oscar® Nominated Short Film

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Watch this year’s Oscar® Nominated Short Films in every category before the 83rd Academy Awards® ceremony on February 27th.

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A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realising it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day to day lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a ‘place’ for it.

Visit the official website:

http://www.thelostthing.com/

Credits:

Directed by Andrew Ruhemann & Shaun Tan
Produced by Sophie Byrne
Narrated by Tim Minchin
Animation: Leo Baker
Lead CG Artist: Tom Bryant
Music: Michael Yezerski
Sound Design: John Kassab
Production Design & Art Direction: Shaun Tan
Storyboarding: Shaun Tan
Pre Visualisation: Leo Baker
Script / Storyboarding Editor: Polly Watkins
Modelling, Texture / Lighting Lead: Tom Bryant
Rigging: Leo Baker
Secondary Rigging: Phil Jennings, Halo Pictures
Lighting & Compositing: Tom Bryant, Steve Evans, Leo Baker
Offline Editor: Leo Baker
Supervising Sound Editor: John Kassab
Foley Artist / Sound Editor: Adrian Medhurst
Foley Engineer / Sound Editor: Daniel Varricchio
Sound Effects Recordist: Bart Bee
Guitarist: Damian de Boos-Smith
Legal Advisor: Julia Adams Shiff & Company
Post Production Mix Facility: Music and Effects
Facility Liason: Cassi Barlee
Mixer: Doron Kipen
Narration Recordist: Brendan Croxon & Pepper Post (UK)
Post Production: Digital Pictures
Head ofPost Production: Rachel Knowels
Post Production Producer: Carol Johnston
Colourist: Brett Manson
Online Mastering: Eugene Richards, George Awburn
Early Development Passion Pictures UK
Bart Boirot, Antoine Molineau, Sharon Smith, Chris Knott, Jamie Foord, Emma Phillips, Jason Nicolas
Special Thanks:
The Foundry, Rising Sun Research, Adobe Creative Suite, Kevan O’Brian, Jill Bilcock, Halo Pictures, Geoff Clowe, Richard Brennan, Mike Cowap, Nick Batzias, Martin Wiseman, Gypsy Taylor, Yolanda Clerke, Sian Rees, Kim Strobl
[Passion Pictures Australia, Screen Australia, Madman, Passion Pictures]
Jan 26

2010 Visual Effects Oscar Nominees announced | fxguide

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Nominated for Achievement in Visual Effects are:

Alice in Wonderland
Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

Hereafter
Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

Inception
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

Iron Man 2
Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Pixar received several nominations including Toy Story 3 for Best Motion Picture. This category has only seen two animated films nominated previously, UP and Beauty and the Beast. In the directing category many were surprised to see Christopher Nolan overlooked for Inception as the film was nominated in many other categories, including Screenplay and Best Picture.

fxguide has covered all of the nominated films with written stories, in-depth fxpodcasts and fxguidetv episodes:
Alice in Wonderlandfeature article fxguidetv
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1feature articlepodcast with Framestorepodcast with Double Negative
Hereafterfeature article
Inceptionfeature articlepodcast
Iron Man 2two podcastsfxguidetv

2010 Visual Effects Oscar Nominees announced | fxguide.

Dec 13

15 selected as semifinalists for VFX Oscar | FXGUIDE

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VFX oscars down to 15 nominees…
15 selected as semifinalists for VFX Oscar via Fxguide

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 83rd Academy Awards®. In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven. Those seven will go to the “bake-off” on January 20th where members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

Congratulation to all those who made the list. Click through to see the selected 15 films…


The films are listed below in alphabetical order:Alice in Wonderland
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Clash of the Titans
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2
The Last Airbender
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Shutter Island
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Tron: Legacy
Unstoppable

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Dec 12

Lots of swedes involved – 15 films selected for Visual Effects Oscar

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The “semi-finalist” list for Achievement in VFX was released yesterday. These are the films that I know that Swedes has been involved in:
– Angels & Demons
– Avatar
– District 9

Good luck to you all!

More at fxguide quick takes » 15 films selected for Visual Effects Oscar.

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 82nd Academy Awards®.

In early January the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee will narrow this list to seven films, which will compete in the “Bake-Off”, after which three films will be nominated. Congratulations to all the selected films, 2009 has sure been a memorable year in visual effects.

The list and details after the read more:

The 15 eligible films are listed below in alphabetical order:

– Angels & Demons
– Avatar
– Coraline
– Disney’s A Christmas Carol
– District 9
– G-Force
– G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
– Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
– Sherlock Holmes
– Star Trek
– Terminator Salvation
– Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
– 2012
– Watchmen
– Where the Wild Things Are

In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven.

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 21. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.”