Thomas J. McLean chats with vfx supervisors John Knoll, Boyd Shermis and Mark Stetson about their Oscar-nominated work and the selection process. Includes QuickTime clips!
Things were running hot and cold, figuratively and quite literally, at NATPE 07 held Jan. 15-18 at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas. Las Vegas was experiencing one of its worst cold spells with frozen ice on the desert iceplant and icicles hung from the rafters of many hotels. However, inside in the tower where many of the Latin American buyers and distributors preferred hospitality suites to the convention floor, a fire broke out on the fourth floor, forcing the evacuation of the participants for nearly three hours.
One exhibitor allowed a goodie bag to drift to close to a candle burning in the bathroom, which set off the sprinklers in part of that wing. It had to have been nerve-racking for the MTV Networks Latin America group just on the other side of the suite where the fire started. Roughly a year ago, the rain-soaked roof at MIP had come crashing down on the MTV Networks booth, destroying the booth and scattering buyers and sellers to makeshift rooms at hotels to try to conduct business. This time MTV/Nick came through unscathed and was able to get back in time for its scheduled cocktail party that evening.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films -- The Little Matchgirl by Roger Allers, A Gentlemans Duel by Francisco Ruiz and Sean McNally, Maestro by Ga Th, Childs Trip by Kei Takahashi and Tartes Aux Pommes by Isabelle Favez. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Rick DeMott and Darlene Chan have curated a showcase of 20 of the best animated productions to premiere on the Web in the last year.
In VFXWorld's latest excerpt from The Magic of Houdini, Will Cunningham tackles the topic of motion blur.
In this month's "Press Start," Peter Rizkalla reviews Gears Of War, Warioware: Smooth Moves, Okami and Elite Beat Agents and find out which titles have a shot at winning big at the upcoming GDC Awards.
VFXWorld polled professionals to see how they are coping with some of the latest technical challenges. Bill Desowitz reports back with a few highlights.
Rick DeMott travels to the online animated communities to find out more about the growing corner of the animation business from leaders like Neopets and Habbo, as well as newer sites, such as Urbaniacs.
Marco Consoli reports back from the Future Film Festival, where he experienced some tasty digital delights, both large and small, from around the world.
In anime reviews for this month, Chris Feldman takes a look at Tokko, Volume 1, Best Student Council V.1 "A New Home" and Air Gear V.1 "East Side Showdown."
Tara DiLullo returns to Rome to discover how the Emmy Award-winning vfx team had to cope with less time and money in delivering work with greater scale.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films -- Lifted by Gary Rydstrom, Dreams and Desires -- Family Ties by Joanna Quinn, Guide Dog by Bill Plympton, No Time for Nuts by Chris Renaud and Mike Thurmeier and The Danish Poet by Torill Kove. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
For this month, Chris Feldman reviews recent anime titles, Parasite Dolls, MegaMan NT Warrior: MegaMan vs. ElecMan and Ranma 1/2: Digital Dojo.
For the first installment of AWN's new gaming review series, "Press Start," Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla takes a look at Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Red Steel and Disney's American Dragon: Jake Long -- Rise of the Huntsclan.
Alain Bielik visits with the vfx wizards who have brought life to the very interactive natural history museum in Night at the Museum. Includes QuickTime clips!
Karen Raugust looks at how portable devices have enhanced producers and distributors ability to pitch their properties at trade shows.
VFXWorld picks its favorite moments of digital acting and 3D environments in this Year in Review overview from 2006. View the various clips in our VFXWorld Media Player.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films -- Tower Bawher by Theodore Ushev, Beatgirl -- A Piece of Action! by Martin Leeper , Life in Transition by John R. Dilworth, Backyard Shadow by Karl Staven and My Life at 40 by Laurie Hill and. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
For anime reviews this month, Chris Feldman takes a look at recent releases, Ninja Nonsense volumes 1-4 and Bleach volume 1.
Christopher Harz provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Tactical Iraqi, one of the most successful serious games designed to teach Arabic to soldiers deployed in Iraq.
AWN chats with filmmaker Don McWilliams about a giant box set for a giant of animation -- Norman McLaren: The Master's Edition.
Tom Sito's new book chronicles the history of the Animation Union. Libby Reed has read it and tells us whether it's worth putting on your wish list.