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Ape Acting

Jul 17 2014

Dawn of Planet of the Apes delivers complex serious acting from its lead digital characters - we speak to Weta Digital about this blockbuster hit of the summer. read more...

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Academy Invites

Jul 11 2014

Each year The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extends invitations to join the academy. The 2014 invitees for Visual Effects are read more...

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Art of HDR

Aug 04 2005

It is hard to believe that Paul Debevec published his PhD just ten years ago. His work in defining high dynamic range images (HDRi) was almost immediately adopted by the major effects companies and expanded into one of the most significant visual effects areas of read more...

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UDIM UV mapping

by Mike Seymour

UDIM UV mapping has enormous popularity for texturing in the face of much newer systems such as Ptex (which works very well in its own right). We investigate why & talk to the original author, Richard Addison-Wood at Weta Digital. read more...

FMX 2014: day three/four report

by John Montgomery

We have a variety of sessions in our third recap from FMX. This includes a panel discussion on applying animation pipelines to vfx, the Arnold Renderer workshop, Shotgun, Rush, and Paul Debevec. read more...

FMX 2014: day two report

by John Montgomery

FMX day two, with a variety of presentations on films, commercials, animation, and more. With some help from Matt Leonard, we recap a few of the day's offerings including the sneak peek at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. read more...

FMX 2014: day one report

by John Montgomery

FMX 2014 got underway in Stuttgart, Germany on Tuesday. Over the years, this has become Europe's premiere VFX related conference and this year is no exception. We recap some of the highlights from the first day, with help from fxphd prof Matt Leonard. read more...