Artist in Action: The Process speaks for itself

July 6, 2003

Simon Scott, a veteran Flame Artist and Visual Effects Supervisor recently formed Process, a new Visual Effects company. For the inaugural project Process, collaborated with Directing duo, Arni and Kinski of Mars Media/HSI Productions on a music video for Dave Gahan and the track “I need you”. Working out of Gorilla Post the team including freelance CGI Artist Steward Burris completed a series of complex shots in just 6 days.

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Shake 3.0 First Look, Part 1

July 5, 2003

Here’s a quick look at a couple of the new features of shake, including Photoshop image import, the new MultiLayer compositing node, and the OSX Qmaster rendering feature.

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2D3 for Adobe Premiere

July 4, 2003

2D3 announces Steadymove bundle with Adobe Premier Pro
SteadyMove, a New Plug-In From 2d3, Provides Adobe Premiere Users With
Automated Camera Stabilization.

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Furnace/Discreet – beta program starts

July 2, 2003

The Foundry, the leading effects plug-in developer, will be beginning the beta program of Furnace on Discreet. This was one of the more interesting products which was shown at NAB in April The site list includes The Mill and Rushes both in London, Digital Pictures in Australia and Riot Pictures in Santa Monica, USA amongst others. Furnace on Discreet is scheduled for release early September.

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Shake 3 Preview

June 14, 2003

With Apple releasing Final Cut Pro version 4 today, the next anticipated offering from the pro applications group is Shake version 3. The fxguide crew had a chance to chat with Dion Scoppettuolo, Senior Product Manager for Pro Applications, about Apple’s new offering due to be released this month…..

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X2 at Frantic Films

May 24, 2003

Frantic Films, founded in 1997, has recently completed both pre-visualization and effects work on Fox ’s spring blockbuster X2.

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The Pixel Farm Announces Education Version of PFTrack

May 24, 2003

The Pixel Farm, a new company focused on innovation in the field of high-end digital post-production, announces today that it is to release a student and academic licensing scheme for future Pixel Farm products.

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Hard times in the telecine industry

May 22, 2003

Times are hard for telecine manufacturers.
Acterna Corporation (formerly Dynatech Corporation) parent of da Vinci Systems, Inc, along with all of its other subsidiary companies, filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in the US Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York on May 6th. Cintel has announced another batch of reductions, including the highly respected Peter Swinson, known widely throughout the

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Sapphire Plug-Ins coming for more apps

May 16, 2003

GenArts Inc. has announced that it is making its Sapphire Plug-ins available to a growing number of popular platforms including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Discreet combustion, and Apple Final Cut Pro.

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How the hell do you manage all this stuff?

May 14, 2003

What is the average pattern in a facility doing high-end work? Increasingly, it involves moving the images into data from either film or tape and then having the images remain as data until output. Tape is a linear interchange format. From TVC to Feature films the desire is to scan or telecine the footage into data and never use video tape. This is being accelerated by such products as lustre – Discreet’s new advanced workstation grading system, and by the

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VES 2003: A Festival of Visual Effects

May 12, 2003

For the fifth year the Visual Effects Society is presenting A Festival of Visual Effects, June 27th thru 29th in Los Angeles…

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RealViz – image manipulation specialist

April 29, 2003

FXguide caught up with one of our favourite Mac (and PC) software companies, Realviz. makers of Stitcher, Imagemodeller, ReTimer and others. Fxguide tracked down Luc Robert, one of the founders of the company and asked about their new Matchmover Pro or ‘Corsica’ and the future of the innovative line of image processing products.

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Outpost Digital: Desktop systems use in production

April 23, 2003

Gangs of New York is a masterpiece,… but tonight you’re just not in the mood for the film’s graphic gore, no matter how artistically director Martin Scorsese presents it. So you and the kids opt to see a frothy romantic comedy instead. The lights go down and, predictably, and the Gangs of New York trailer appears. No need to hid the kid’s eyes, however:
You won’t find so much as a spot of blood on Leonardo DiCaprio’s determined visage.

Thanks Outpost

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Hollywood Reporter: Summer tentpoles rush

April 22, 2003

Not sure how we missed this one when it came out (oh, yeah we were recovering from NAB!), but here is a link to an April 17th Sheigh Crabtree article in the Hollywood Reporter:

Click here for the full story.

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LA Times: In with a Big Bang, out with a Wimper

April 20, 2003

There is an article by P.J. Huffstutter in today’s Los Angeles Times on the state of the visual effects industry…

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