from the archives: 25 years of fxguide

The science of fluid simulations

September 15, 2011

In the spirit of our “Art of” stories we launch today a new style of story: “The Science of” In these articles we take a topic and explore the state of the art in that field. We start with fluid simulations: what are they, what are the issues, and how do they work?

Read

Iron Man 3: more suits to play with

May 6, 2013

More suits, more extreme effects. How the VFX studios behind Iron Man 3 made the film possible.

Read

Smoke on Mac Part 1: Overview

December 15, 2009

Autodesk announced the release of Smoke on Mac 2010 today and it’s a big move for Autodesk, as traditionally their system products have been bundled software/hardware packages.

Read

recent articles & podcasts

Tweak Software Launches Major Upgrade for RV Playback Software

In a facility pipeline perhaps no piece of software wants to be reliable, invisible and do exactly what you want than playback software. Tweak Software’s RV was created in a real world production environment by very senior artists and engineers who needed a refined tool for working with film resolution, high dynamic range images and […]

Read
quicktakes

GenArts announces Sapphire Rental Program

GenArts is making the Sapphire suite of plug-ins available for monthly rentals for $169 per month. The versions for After Effects and Final Cut Pro will be available and up to two months of the rental can be applied to purchase. full press release after the jump

Read
quicktakes

Weta Digital Purchases Site License Of Nuke

London, July 6th, 2009 – Leading visual effects software developer, The Foundry (www.thefoundry.co.uk), today announced that Weta Digital, New Zealand’s premier multi-award winning VFX studio, has purchased a site licence of Nuke to enhance its in-house pipeline. Weta Digital was formed in 1993 by a group of young New Zealand filmmakers including Peter Jackson to […]

Read
quicktakes

Faking the Moon – Gerty and beyond

Duncan Jones’ Moon is the story of Sam Bell, the lone occupant of a lunar mining base who discovers not all is what it seems away from Earth. Cinesite contributed more than 270 visual effects shots to the film, incorporating miniatures into a lunar landscape, creating a CG service robot called Gerty and producing several split-screen composites for shots of Sam interacting with a clone of himself. Cinesite Visual Effects Supervisor Simon Stanley-C

Read
fxfeatured

red centre #039

RedCine X, LTOs and DSLR time lapse animation with Ross Ching.

Read
therc

Earth 2100

For Earth 2100, an ABC News special which aired on June 2 in the U.S., Guerilla FX contributed over 30 minutes of graphic novel style animation to depict various future catastrophic scenarios brought about by climate change, overpopulation and the misuse of energy resources. Ian Failes gets the details from Director of Animation John Bair.

Read
fxfeatured

Feng Zhu + Iron Man with Dav Rauch: fxguidetv

In this week’s fxguidetv we have a designer focused special episode. We lead with world renowned Concept Designer Feng Zhu from his new Studio in Singapore and then look at the HUD (Heads Up Display) design of the Iron Man with Dav Rauch. Both men are exceptional designers. Angie and the team get in depth […]

Read
quicktakes

the vfx show #82: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

https://media.fxguide.com/vfxshow/vfxs_082_transformers2_64kbps.m4a Play in new window Download Mike Seymour, Jason Wingrove and David Stripinis discuss visual effects in the feature film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”. Download vfxs082 here Get the vfx show every week! Free iTunes Store subscription vfxs082 credits: Producer/Audio Postproduction:Kristin Martin Research: Todd Scholton Reviewer/Show Notes: Lori Apthorp Show Notes: Transformers: Revenge of […]

Read
thevfxshow

Digital Domain loses termination suit

David S. Cohen in Variety is reporting that the jury was unanimous on most findings and awarded Brad Call approximately $2 million in damages in his wrongful termination suit against Digital Domain. From the article: The size of the award raises questions about whether Digital Domain can survive, though in a statement, DD’s VP and […]

Read
quicktakes

Academy Invites 134 to Membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced it will invite 134 people to join as members. Included in the Visual Effects category are: Christopher Bond, Matthew Butler, Chris Corbould, Rob Engle, Scott Gordon, Hal Hickel, Van Ling, Shane Mahan, Steve Preeg, Tim Webber, Edson Williams Full press release after the read more

Read
quicktakes

Land of the Lost : Rhythm & Hues

In Land of the Lost, a Brad Silberling film starring Will Ferrell as an alternate world explorer, Rhythm & Hues created hundreds of visual effects shots to depict a universe populated by dinosaurs and other creatures. Ian Failes talks to visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer about the project.

Read
fxfeatured

the vfx show #81: Contact

https://media.fxguide.com/vfxshow/vfxs_081_contact_64kbps.m4a Play in new window Download Mike Seymour, Jason Wingrove and VFX Show co-founder Ron Brinkmann discuss visual effects in the 1997 classic feature “Contact”. Download vfxs081 here Get the vfx show every week! Free iTunes Store subscription vfxs081 credits: Producer/Audio Postproduction: Kristin Martin Research and Show Notes: Lori Apthorp Show Notes: Contact Mission Impossible […]

Read
thevfxshow

Imaginative effects in Imagine That

For Imagine That, director Karey Kirkpatrick called on Hammerhead Productions to provide 140 invisible effects shots to help tell the story of a troubled financial executive (Eddie Murphy) who turns to his daughter’s imaginary world for some much needed guidance.

Read
fxfeatured

red centre #038

Mike’s hangover meets Jason’s swine Flu in a news filled ep covering everything from a 57 RED camera shoot to 30 foot high walking dolls.

Read
therc

In the Land of Six Foot Pheasants

For “Pheasant Rodeo,” a commercial for Britvic’s Drench Spring Water, agency CHI tasked The Mill with saddling up a cowboy on a giant bird. Ian Failes gets the feathery details from Lead 3D artist Rob van den Bragt and Flame Op Jonathan Westley.

Read
fxfeatured

First Look: Fusion 6

eyeon made the release candidate of long-awaited Fusion 6 available to their subscription customers this week. In this special guest column, fxphd prof Matt Leonard walks us through the major new features in the software which include some serious enhancements to its 3D capabilities. Leonard is a long time Fusion user and spent time on the software’s beta program.

Read
fxfeatured

Pepsi Penguins

Framestore NY combined live action, 3D characters and real soft drink for ‘Penguin,’ a Pepsi TVC for BBDO New York. Ian Failes talks with Andy Walker (VFX supervisor/CG lead), Murray Butler (VFX supervisor/Flame lead) and Seth Gollub (lead animator) about the spot.

Read
fxfeatured

Fusion 6 Now Shipping…

…in release candidate form. The just issued eyeon newsletter serves up the fact that the long awaited Fusion 6 is now available for download to “all artists and studios with a current subscription license.” The idea behind the RC release is to get the software in the hands of artists to do final bug and […]

Read
quicktakes