LOOK Effects will be presenting an evening on The Making of The Muppets for the Visual Effects Society Education Committee on Thursday, February 23rd.
LOS ANGELES, CA – LOOK Effects will be presenting an evening on The Making of The Muppets for the Visual Effects Society Education Committee on Thursday, February 23rd. The evening begins at 7pm and will be held at Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. Gnomon is located at 1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA. Additional details can be found at www.gnomonschool.com. The evening’s presenters include Janet Muswell, Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer on The Muppets; Max Ivin’s LOOK’s Visual Effects Supervisor; Jenny Foster, LOOK’s Visual Effects Producer and Maggie Kraisamutr, Compositor and Animator. The panel will be moderated by Pam Hogarth, Director of Marketing at LOOK and VES Education Committee member. Muswell will talk about the pre-production planning, working with puppeteers and puppets on-set, walking the line between campy and realistic and juggling the rolls of supervisor and producer. Ivins will discuss what they did and how (and why) they did what they did. Foster will explain the roll of a facility vfx producer in moving shots through the post-production pipeline. Kraismutr will address her role as in-house artist and the tools and techniques she used in creating her effects. No Muppets are scheduled to appear. “Most people don’t think of The Muppets as a visual effects film,” says Ivins. “But there are over 350 effects shots. We did a lot of the stuff we usually do – driving comps, blue screen shots, set extensions, crowd duplication. Muppets was basically an effects film with puppets in it. And the work we did allowed the puppeteers more freedom than they’ve had in the past.” About LOOK Effects For over 14 years, LOOK Effects has been a leading provider of digital-effects solutions for feature film, episodic television and special venue projects. With studios in Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver, LOOK offers a knowledgeable and resourceful approach in partnering with their clients to supervise and produce visual effects. In all three offices, LOOK offers ideas and options for digital effects design, on-set supervision, set-extension creation, 3D animation and complex compositing that dovetail smoothly into production schedules. This combined experience and expertise has earned LOOK a high level of trust and an impressive list of clients and credits. LOOK’s recently completed feature film credits include the recently-released Underworld Awakening, The Muppets, Captain America, Fast Five, Limitless, Black Swan, The King’s Speech, and Step Up 3D. Television credits include the newly-aired The Finder, Bones, Harry’s Law, No Ordinary Family, the Emmy-nominated effects for Life After People, and all of the effects for the final season of Lost. See more of LOOK Effects’ work at www.lookfx.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.