Jan 10

The Descent Part 2 | Filmgate

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The Descent 2 with vfx by Filmgate based in Göteborg was released this last friday in Sweden. Haven’t seen it yet, but it looks scary. Well done Filmgate!

Imdb link

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Jan 09

Avatar – Weta Digital – Joe Letteri | Fxguide

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A interview with Joe Letteri, senior vfx supervisor for Weta Digital at fxpodcast.

Avatar: Weta Digital
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Joe Letteri, senior vfx supervisor for Weta Digital, details their mocap/facial capture tech and other aspects of their work on Avatar.

Jan 08

The Third & The Seventh | Alex Roman

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If u haven’t seen this brilliant full CG work from Alex Roman, see it. Dont’t miss out the compositing breakdown.

Have a great weekend!

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Jan 08

Sci-Tech winners announced | Fxguide

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Sci-Tech academy awards winners! Big congratulations!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Scientific & Technical Awards Winners

Winners include : Paul Debevec, Tim Hawkins, John Monos & Mark Sagar for the Light Stage, Imocap on set system developed at ILM, Truelight real-time LUTS, The LUTher box, Ambient Occlusion (Pixar & ILM), The Spirit 4K/2K, ARRISCAN film scanner, Northlight film scanner, and Baselight & lustre DI systems.

Full details below but our most heartfelt congrats to all the winner this year – really well deserved.

Fifteen scientific and technical achievements represented by 46 individual award recipients will be honored at the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation at The Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, February 20, 2010.
Break out the bow ties guys !

Read more:

fxguide quick takes » Sci-Tech winners announced.

Jan 07

BAFTA Long List announced | Fxguide

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Another award list.

Award season rolls along with the release of the Long List for Special Visual Effects from the British Academy Film Awards.

2012 *
Avatar *
District 9 *
Fantastic Mr Fox
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince *
The Hurt Locker
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Inglourious Basterds
The Lovely Bones Moon
The Road
Star Trek *
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Where the Wild Things Are

(* Denotes Chapter selection from Round One)

Details on the process and dates for nominations after the jump…

Over 6000 members of the Academy vote in three rounds to decide the winners of the Orange British Academy Film Awards and the Long List is the result of Round One of voting. With 220 films entered this year, this first round reduces the entered films down to fifteen in each category. Round Two voting will reduce these fifteen contenders down to the five nominations in each category.

fxguide quick takes » BAFTA Long List announced.

Jan 06

Oscar VFX Short list Announced | Fxguide

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Oscar VFX Short list Announced

We’ll see who will be the winner on the 7th of march, I put my money on Avatar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 82nd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“District 9”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“Star Trek”
“Terminator Salvation”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

On Thursday, January 21, all members of the Academy’s 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 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.

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. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

fxguide quick takes » Oscar VFX Short list Announced.

Jan 06

2010 montage from Trollbäck + Company

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A new years montage from Trollbäck + Company. Nice work.

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Jan 03

The Top 10 Animations of 2009 | Blender Guru

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To finish off 2009 and (yes it’s 2010 and I’m back to work tomorrow) I’ll show you the 2009 Top 10 animation list according to Andrew Price at Blender Guru

10. Fallen

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Fallen features the most unlikely of main characters: a falling asteroid. The short follows his quick descent down to earth as he deals with the concept of life and death. The ending is executed perfectly, and more than nails home the point: Live your life to the fullest, regardless of the end.

9. French Roast

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Winner of several major film festivals, French Roast focuses on a quiet restaurant patron who wants nothing more than to enjoy his coffee and read his paper. It’s a fun little short with a great ending, that manages to fit a complicated story into almost only one camera shot.

8. Ataque de Pánico!

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Ataque de Pánico! plays like a 10 year old boys wet dream: Giant robots blowin’ up a city. But whilst it wins no points for it’s story, it more than makes up for it with it’s impressive special effects. The variety of locations and quick cuts means the viewer doesn’t get a chance to get bored. The amount of work that went into rotoscoping and filming all this is worth the watch on it’s own. But what blows my mind is that all this was shot on $300 budget, and yet it still manages to pack the punch of a major hollywood blockbuster.

7. Spec Ops: The Line Trailer

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This beautifully crafted trailer paints the scene of a deserted Dubai after cataclysmic sandstorms have blown in, scaring away the once thriving population. The amazing visuals combined with haunting soundtrack of Bjork build an eery tension that leave you wanting more.

6. Blood Trails

(Viewer Discretion is Advised – Extremely Violent)

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Blood Trails, is definately the most disturbing animation I’ve ever seen in my life, but it’s also one of the best. The trailer was produced and directed by Nathan Love who was asked by Perspective Studios to create an engaging trailer for a feature length script to help sell the concept to investors. Whether or not this will one day be made into a film is beyond me, but the sheer excitement and terror contained in this trailer makes me think it probably will. For more info on this short, check out this interview with Nathan Love.

5. Please Say Something

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This isn’t your typical short, and it’s not for everyone either. Please Say Something, follows the story of a troubled relationship between a cat and a mouse. The fast paced abrupt editing can at first be hard to follow, but by the end you’ll be completely drawn in. The character building is absolutely fantastic and the old school stylized video game look is the icing on the cake.

4. Yankee Gal

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Set in World War II, Yankee Gal shows a pilot’s dream-like moments between life and death. The amazing visuals combined with the superb audio effects, make for an amazing short that stays in your mind long after it’s finished.

3. Alma

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Certainly a late comer to the party, Alma was released less than 2 weeks ago in time for Christmas. This amazing short was created in 2 years by an enomously talented team of artists. The ending was predictable, but with the creepy sounds, brilliant colors, and steady pacing, it didn’t matter: my eyes were peeled to the screen from start to finish.

2. Partly Cloudy

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It shouldn’t surprise you that Pixar’s Partly Cloudy got a mention here. It’s comical enough to entertain children, yet wholesome enough to give the adults the warm and fuzzies. This charming tale about personal responsibility is told without a single line of dialogue, but thanks to Pixar’s knack for story telling we know exactly what’s happening.

1. Steel Life

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Steel Life is a visually stunning masterpiece that takes the viewer on a journey of life’s deepest emotions. It’s not the sort of movie you’d put on to entertain your friends, this particular short is best viewed by yourself, in a dark room, with the volume up. Steel Life is a truly engaging experience, and in my opinion is the best animation of 2009.

Honourable mentions:

Dec 31

A Christmas Greeting from LEON

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A little bit “philosophical” and a bit fun Christmas Greeting from Ad agency LEON in Norrköping.

Have a look at the “Behind the scenes”.

Click the image to see the greeting.