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AWN @ FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Weta’s Matt Aitken Talks ‘Avengers: Endgame’ VFX at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 1:19pm

Visual effects supervisor talks about his role leading the Weta Digital team on Disney and Marvel’s smash action-adventure hit.

FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Michelle Eisenreich Talks ‘First Man’ In-Camera VFX at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 8:26am

DNEG visual effects producer discusses unique processing of never-before-seen NASA footage on Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning drama about Neil Armstrong’s legendary Moon walk. 

AWN @ FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Kim Libreri Talks ‘Matrix’ Bullet Time and Real-Time Graphics at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10:45am

Epic Games CTO discusses his work, alongside Oscar winner John Gaeta, producing the legendary “Bullet Time” VFX sequences on ‘The Matrix,’ as well as the growing use of game engines and real-time rendering in feature film and TV production.

AWN @ FMX 2019 ANIMATIONWorld

WATCH: Sophie Koko Gates Talks ‘Slug Life’ and Ugly Filmmaking at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:35pm

Filmmaker discusses design and production on her thoughtful and provocative 2D animated short, and how she hopes audiences will respond to her self-described “ugly” style.

AWN @ FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Andrew Glassner Talks Deep Learning, Neural Networks and AI at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:00am

The noted researcher and consultant discusses various aspects of artificial intelligence, how the technology is being used in visual effects and the dangers of unchecked deployment. 

Animated Feature Films ANIMATIONWorld

Denis Do Captures the Emotional Horror of Khmer Rouge Atrocities in ‘Funan’

Award-winning director discusses his semi-biographical animated feature about a family’s desperate struggle to reunite during the communist party’s 1975-1979 Cambodian reign of terror.

AWN @ FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Danny Dimian Talks ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ VFX at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 8:48am

VFX supervisor discusses animation styles, production challenges and his efforts leading the visual effect team on Lord & Miller and Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-winning animated comic adventure.

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WATCH: John Canemaker Talks Schultheis, Kahl, Tytla and Gertie History at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:18am

Oscar-winning animator, author, teacher and historian discusses Disney effects guru’s ‘lost notebook,’ ‘Golden Age’ Disney animation legends and Winsor McCay’s pioneering dinosaur. 

AWN @ FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Janelle Croshaw Ralla Talks Samuel L. Jackson De-Aging for ‘Captain Marvel’ at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:38am

VFX supervisor on Disney and Marvel’s action-adventure hit discusses the complex digital character work used to create a young version of Agent Nick Fury.

AWN @ FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Oscar Winner Doug Chiang Talks ‘Star Wars’ Visual Design at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:52am

Legendary artist shares concept design insights, George Lucas’ impact on his evolution as a designer, working through production design challenges and how he handles different opinions from strong creative voices on a film. 

AWN @ FMX 2019 VFXWorld

WATCH: Jenn Taylor Talks ‘Game of Thrones’ Loot Train Attack at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:37am

Image Engine lead animator details her work creating Drogon the dragon in the hit HBO series’ Season 7 Episode 4 battle where the Lannister army is incinerated as it tries to flee. 

Netflix VFXWorld

Caesar Begets Pogo: Weta Continues its Primate Mastery on ‘Umbrella Academy’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 10, 2019 at 4:23pm

VFX supervisor Chris White shares how New Zealand’s visual effects masters leveraged a decade of ‘Planet of the Apes’ digital character excellence for Netflix’s dysfunctional superhero family adventure series. 

AWN @ FMX 2019 ANIMATIONWorld

WATCH: ‘LEGO Movie 2’ Co-Director Trisha Gum Talks Animation Industry at FMX 2019

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00am

Animation director discusses pertinent issues including the art of animated filmmaking, careers, mentorship and the reality of working under a “woman” animator label. 

Short Films ANIMATIONWorld

Q&A: Réka Bucsi’s ‘Solar Walk’ Now Available Via Vimeo On Demand!

Following 70 festivals and 13 awards for her short film ‘Solar Walk,’ the award-winning independent animator talks about distribution and monetization.

MPC VFXWorld

How MPC Animated the High-Flying Elephant for Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’

From defying gravity to expressing emotion in a believable way, reality was key for animation supervisor Catherine Mullan and the team of artists at MPC.

Technology ANIMATIONWorld

How MoonRay Became the Hidden Superpower Behind ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’

DreamWorks Animation’s director of research and development, Robert Knaack, head of lighting Pablo Valle, and visual effects supervisor Dave Walvoord detail how the studio’s proprietary rendering tool helped power the breathtaking visuals in the culmination of the ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ franchise.

Tributes ANIMATIONWorld

Beautiful Maladies – The Uncanny World of Rosto

Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson shares a previously unpublished 2015 Pimpcast interview with the iconic Dutch musician and director, who passed away at 50 on March 7.

Festivals ANIMATIONWorld

GLAS 2019: A Conversation with Einar Baldvin, Jeanette Bonds & Sean Buckelew

With the lofty goal of transforming the cultural understanding and language of animation as an artistic medium, in its fourth year the GLAS Animation Festival continues to grow, packed with special guests, more than 20 special programs, and a new Vimeo Staff Pick Award.

Framestore VFXWorld

Framestore Gets Into the Action for ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

From the floating city of Zalem and the vast Iron City to the massive crowd-filled Motorball stadium, Framestore delivers a broad range of visual effects for Robert Rodriguez’s action-packed dystopian feature.

Dreamworks Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Where Have All the Dragons Gone? Dean DeBlois Concludes His Spectacular Trilogy with ‘The Hidden World’

‘How To Train Your Dragon’ series writer and director Dean DeBlois reflects on his ten years with the beloved franchise, detailing how new technologies helped bring ‘The Hidden World’ to the screen.

Dreamworks Animation ANIMATIONWorld

How To Design an Infinite Number of Dragons in DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Hidden World’

Head of character animation Simon Otto helps bring more than 65,000 fantastical dragons to life for one of the biggest sequences in the culmination of the studio’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ trilogy.

Oscars ANIMATIONWorld

Merging Hand-Drawn Tradition with CG Artistry for Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’

The acclaimed director of ‘Wolf Children’ and ‘The Boy and the Beast’ paints an intimate portrait of a young boy’s vivid imagination and how it helps him accept the arrival of his baby sister in one of the last Japanese animated features to employ hand-drawn animation.

Brazil ANIMATIONWorld

Brazil’s ‘Tito and the Birds’ Takes Flight in North America

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 28, 2019 at 7:02pm

Director Gustavo Steinberg and producer Daniel Greco tackle adult themes of political fear and media distortion in their critically acclaimed independent animated feature aimed at young audiences.

Dreamworks Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Designing the Spectacular Realm of the Dragons for DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Hidden World’

From concept art to finished frames, production designer Pierre-Olivier Vincent brings a singular touch to the final film in the blockbuster ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ trilogy.

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