Guardians Vol 3: How They Did That Incredible Hallway Shot

We talk to Wētā FX’s Guy Williams and deep dive into that Hallyway one-shot in Guardians Vol3.


Neural surface reconstruction from a phone with Neuralangelo

Neuralangelo creates dense scene of objects and very large-scale indoor/outdoor scenes with high detail, from a normal video.


fxpodcast #353: Stephane Ceretti – VFX Supervisor, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

We talk to Stephane Ceretti, Production VFX Supervisor of the brilliant Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3.


VFXShow 268: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

The team drop the needle on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3


A Possible Future of Wide Scale Volumetric: NeRFs, AI and Experiencials

We answer a much asked question: What is the next big thing with AI in media and entertainment?


Picard : Star Trek at its VFX finest

Picard’s VFX honors both the tradition and inspiration of decades of Trek VFX.


VFXShow 268: AI for VFX Special Ep.

In this Special Ep, the team explores the incredible advances happening in AI and their implications for VFX Artists.


What a week in 3D: RenderMan, Lightwave, and Clarisse

RenderMan turns 25, Lightwave Moves, and Clarisse Dies


Apple continues buying spree – Emagic

This time Apple has purchased Emagic (“a leading provider of professional software solutions for computer based music production”) and wastes no time announcing they are discontinuing the Windows version on Sept. 30th.

Read the full text from the Apple press release at:


Artists in Action: Rhonda Graphics

In the first of our chats with fellow compositors, we talk to the team at Rhonda Graphics Studios who have just brought musical instruments to life for a new animated 30 min project. The team discuss their views on After Effects and Flame, as well as a few Final Cut Pro tricks they developed.


Max 5 to be launched at Siggraph 2002

Latest Version of Discreet’s Flagship 3D Software will be launched at Siggraph.

Version 5 is a highly interesting release, adding Radioisty technology to the very popular animation software.

There are many new features, in modeling, user interface, renderfarm management but it is the radiosity technology that Discreet has now combined into Max that is of perhaps most interest, especially given the lack of radiosity in the products bigg


Apple acquires technologies from Prismo Graphics

First Shake then Chalice and Rayz, now India Title Pro/Prismo Graphics.

In another move that is sure to have chat rooms running hot, Apple continues its purchasing of effects and post-production equipment software companies.

All eyes must now be on MacWorld in NY, Wednesday July 15, at 9am when Steve Jobs takes the stage for his key note address and hopeful outline Apple’s plans for the post-production industry.


Turbo Squid Lands Dan Lion as Vice President

Many of you will remember Dan Lion from his time at Discreet, or perhaps his Cinesite days. Dan has a new job at Turbo Squid and here is the press release:


5D slashes pricing on Sparks

5D recently announced reduced pricing on their Monster Spark package…


Quantel Presentation Report – L.A.

Quantel held a presentation today on their generationQ product line at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.


Discreet restructures

UPDATE: More information added from Discreet.

Discreet restructures and changes some staff. Some old faces are gone, some new
blood has been hired.


Max 5 to be shown at Siggraph with Radiosity

Post Magazine online, has disclosed that Discreet’s biggest news announcement for this year’s SIGGRAPH show centers around its 3ds max animation, modeling and rendering software. Version 5 is designed to offer animators and artists better control over the creation, animation and management of animated characters. Most significant to Fxguide readers in that Post reports MAX 5 has radiosity.


Silicon Grail Has Been Sold to Apple – Confirmed

According to the Silicon Grail website, Apple has acquired technologies from Silicon Grail, including the RAYZ and Chalice product lines…..


Combustion Service Pack 1 released

The combustion 2 Service Pack 1, is now available to

download from Discreets web site.

The so called Service pack is avaliable for PC or MAC ( both OS9 and OSX).


Combsution Training Video Review

Technical Animations just came out with their first Combustion v2 Training Video/DVD from. Here is a brief review written by Jack Pfeiffer, who is a demo artist and trainer for a discreet dealer in Denmark.


2d3D, boujou on track.

“we’re getting results in a matter of minutes and its just great to see it all working straight off. Boujou takes the tedium out of match moving”

-Will Bylkes Head of Aardman’s CG dept.

FXGuide caught up with Chris Steele CEO of 2d3D recently to discuss their market leading Boujou tracking software and sneak a peak at their new “Pixel Dust” product.


Q&A: 5D NAB Followup

Following up on NAB and our coverage of Colossus, we wanted to get more information on what 5D is doing and their other products. We spoke recently with J Miguel Ferros, Products Manager for 5D Solutions about Cyborg, Colossus, Commander, Monster Sparks and more…


NEWS: Toxik in depth + new screen shots !

This week we spoke exclusively to Maurice Patel, product manager of the Toxik product line, officially now called the Discreet Media Architecture. We checked out their plans, and reviewed the NAB technology showing.

Thanks to everyone who emailed us and asked for more screengrabs.. well, we managed to snap more exclusive screen grabs – showing 2 of the most interesting new user Interface features, the transparent menus and the new editing tim


Ultimatte adds Zbig

There is a press release on the Ultimatte web site announcing they have added Zbigniew Rybczynski to their development staff as Senior Developer.


Digital Grading Part II : 5D Colossus. LOTR & We Were Soldiers

One of the most exciting things we saw at NAB was in the 5D booth. This marked the first NAB for Colossus, a software-based, digital grading and mastering solution. One of the only areas remaining in the film post production process without computerization has been color correction. On feature films this has primarily remained a photo-chemical process done by a lab color timer, for television it has meant a very expensive room with equipment from variou


Official Shake Email – v2.5 last for Windows!

An email went out today to customers of Shake… fxguide has obtained a copy of it (click read more to see it!):


Apple’s Shake

One of the most interesting corporate moves in recent months was Apple buying Nothing Real. At NAB, FXguide, and many others treked to the Apple Booth to see the new Apple OSX Shake, and find out just what was the story? How much will it be ? And just when can we get a copy for our Ti Powerbooks ?


Profile : Karl Sims, Gen Arts

Karl Sims is the founder of Gen Arts, who’s Sapphire Sparks are perhaps the most popular Discreet plug-ins. Karl is well known throughout the industry, we caught up with Karl and spoke to him about Sparks, computer art and life in general.


Sapphire now for Apple’s Shake

While not having a stand at this year’s NAB, the GenArts/Sapphire guys popped onto the Discreet Booth for some demos, in coming week’s we’ll be publishing an article with GenArts founder and head genius Karl, but this week GenArts announced that the

most popular Sparks set on FFI will now also be available for Shake.