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Category: Visual Effects

On the Road to the Oscars Headline News

Academy Announces Shortlists in 10 Categories for 96th Oscars

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 11:44am

VFX category narrowed down to 10 films; voting for nominations runs next month, January 11-16, with nomination announcements set for January 23.

New Year New Fear Headline News

Universal Pictures Drops Featurette for Thriller ‘Night Swim’

Based on the acclaimed 2014 short film, the new film from the producers of ‘M3GAN’ stars Wyatt Russell as Ray Waller, a former major league baseball player who discovers a dark secret tied to his new backyard swimming pool.

The End is Beginning Headline News

‘Stranger Things’ Season 5 Set to Begin Production in January

After facing numerous delays due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, work resumes in the new year; the series' final season will now premiere sometime in 2025.

Celebrating the Best in Computer Graphics Headline News

It’s a Wrap: SIGGRAPH Asia 2023

The annual conference concludes its latest edition, which ran December 12-15 in Sydney; 5,690 attendees from more than 40 countries gathered, including technical and creatives in research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and emerging technologies.

Marvel Looks to Get it Write Headline News

Matthew Orton Joins ‘Captain America: Brave New World’ As Writer

Although principal photography was completed before both the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, additional shoots have been expected, delaying the film multiple times with the premiere now set for February 14, 2025.

More High Seas Shenanigans Headline News

‘One Piece’ Anime Remake Coming to Netflix

After the success of the live-action adaptation, the streamer has teamed with franchise creator Eiichiro Oda, Shueisha, Fuji Television Network, Toei Animation Co., and WIT Studio to reboot the pirate tale following Monkey D. Luffy and his misfit crew.

The Addams Family Returns Headline News

‘Wednesday’ Spinoff Featuring Uncle Fester in Development at Netflix

Fred Armisen is set to star in a spinoff of the fan favorite supernatural mystery series chronicling Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy, which has been greenlit for a second season.

Honoring the Best in Kids and Family TV Animation Headline News

Disney and Netflix Win Big at 2nd Annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 18, 2023 at 5:14pm

Disney Channel’s ‘Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,’ and Netflix’s ‘Lost Ollie’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’ were three of the top shows among the winners at this weekend's two separate awards ceremonies.

We Want More Zombies VFXWorld

Grounding the Apocalyptic Visuals in ‘The Last of Us’

VFX supervisor Alex Wang talks the Infected, Bloaters, massive Bloaters, a giraffe, and a crashing airliner as he breaks down the production of 3,000 visual effects shots created by DNEG, Wētā FX, Distillery VFX, Zero VFX, Important Looking Pirates, beloFX, Storm Studios, Wylie Co., RVX, Assembly, Crafty Apes, UPP, RISE, Framestore, Digital Domain and MAS on HBO’s critically acclaimed and wildly popular series.

A Benevolent AI… Headline News

Gareth Edwards’ Epic Sci-fi Thriller ‘The Creator’ Coming to Hulu

The gripping adventure set amidst a future war between humans and the forces of AI debuts on the streamer December 20; also now available for purchase on digital and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Technology Leading Art Headline News

French Music Artist Jacques’ ‘Absolve’ Music Video - Where Art + AI Meet

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 18, 2023 at 11:23am

Created by Paul Trillo, the short follows a cosmic teardrop throughout the Musée Du Louvre; behind-the-scenes short illustrates how traditional VFX and AI tools help realize creative visions.

Third and Final Headline News

Prime Video Renews ‘Good Omens’ for Third and Final Season

The unlikely adventures of an angel and a demon, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, will conclude its run with an entirely original new season from co-creator Neil Gaiman.

All You Need is More Glitter! Headline News

Exclusive: Sizzling ‘Trolls Band Together’ VFX Sizzle Reel

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 18, 2023 at 9:22am

See how the magic is made! Set to the hit Brozone tune, ‘Better Place,’ this all-new featurette from DreamWorks Animation's musical adventure comedy has it all: concept art - character designs - animation breakdowns - FX layers, and much, much more.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Scanline VFX Creates the Perfect Storm in Netflix’s ‘NYAD’

VFX Supervisor Dann Tarmy breaks down his team’s extensive use of water sims, including how they tackled the huge, new challenge of replacing water in plates where the actor was shot in the water, on Netflix’s biographical sports drama of marathon swimmer Diana Nyad’s attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida. 

A Chicken and a Pig Go Into a Bar VFXWorld

The Perfectly Imperfect VFX of ‘Poor Things’

For Simon Hughes and his Union VFX team, Yorgos Langthimos’ dark comedy, a stunningly designed visual maelstrom, required something completely different from a typical VFX project, including odd, surgically created hybrid animals using as much actual footage as possible, integration of plates shot with 3 different film stocks, 11 enormous wrap-around LED screens, 50s style painted backdrops, and some really crazy colored skies.

A Brief Partnership Headline News

‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ to Premiere on Both Hulu and Disney+

Don’t get too excited… Hulu members can watch the first episode from December 20 through January 31, but still need to head to Disney+ for the second and all subsequent which will air weekly.

Pushing the Filmmaking Envelope VFXWorld

How Gareth Edwards Reverse-Engineered His Filmmaking on ‘The Creator’

The director and his VFX Supervisor, Jay Cooper, explain how they completely reversed the standard production process for his sci-fi epic, employing spontaneous live-action shoots that looked cool, not controlled, with 3D environments, digital matte paintings, and many other elements on the 1,600 visual effects shots designed afterwards, not before.

VFX for features Headline News

VFX Breakdown: BlueBolt Creates 1793 ‘Napoleon’ Battlegrounds

Studio delivered 126 VFX shots to help realize Ridley Scott’s vision of Napoleon’s 1793 Siege of Toulon and his violent suppression of the Paris riots two years later. 

Business Headline News

Walt Disney Studios’ VFX Workers File to Unionize

Group includes 83 artists working across James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment productions, including ‘Avatar’ films, who are seeking representation by IATSE, marking the first U.S. vendor-side VFX artist filing with the NLRB. 

People Headline News

Sony Pictures Imageworks Expands Creative Leadership

The award-winning VFX and animation company ups two VFX Supervisors, naming Michael Lasker Creative Director, CG Features and Nicola Lavender Director, CG Supervision.

What ‘IF’ They Were Real? Headline News

Imaginary Friends ARE Real in ‘IF’ Teaser Trailer

From writer, director, producer and star John Krasinski, the live-action/3DCG hybrid film about a girl whose superpower lets her see everyone’s imaginary friend, and her magical adventure to reconnect forgotten ‘IFs’ with their kids, hit theaters in May 2024.

One Block at a Time Headline News

Danielle Brooks, Sebastian Eugene Hansen Board ‘Minecraft’

The upcoming live-action adaptation of Mojang’s best-selling video game has yet to secure a title but is set to hit theaters on April 4, 2025; production slated to begin in New Zealand by the end of December.

real-time visualization Headline News

Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Launches ‘ViewScreen’ Visualization Suite

Designed for full-scale productions, the new ProVis tools let filmmakers visualize and animate entire scenes, including digital assets, in real-time, across multiple cameras.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Revealed for the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards

‘Barbie’ nabs 18 nominations, including Best Production Design, while ‘Oppenheimer’ and ‘Poor Things’ each scored 13 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Visual Effects, and ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ earned 3 nominations, including Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects; winners will be announced January 14 at a gala broadcast live on The CW.

Save the Human World Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer for Live-Action ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ Series

The five-part adaptation of the legendary smash-hit manga from Weekly Shonen Jump takes place across three worlds and follows a dead teen detective tasked with investigating demonic and spiritual cases in the Human World; the series begins streaming December 14.

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