VFXShow 274: Foundation

We explore the impressive Foundation : Season 2


The Rolling Stones get Angry with Roto & AI on the Sunset Strip

Black Kite Studios, Francois Rousselet and the VFX team on the Rolling Stones new single, Angry.


The Art and Craft of Training Data. Yes, Training Data

VFX uses Machine Learning tools and it is also increasingly being used to produce training data for ML solutions with sleuthing and alchemy.


fxpodcast #358: Rob Legato and The Equalizer 3

We talk to the multi-Oscar winning Rob Legato about Second Unit Directing and his hit new flm: Equalizer3. (Spoiler free)


The Art of NeRFs, Part 1

NeRFs were one of THE hot topics at SIGGRAPH 2023 – and we deep dive into why… and exactly what a NeRF is.


DigiPro23: Told in Pictures

Highlights from DigiPro 2023 told (mainly) in pictures


fxpodcast #357: The VFX of Andor + Detailed Behind the Screens footage

Andor is one of the finest Star Wars shows ever made. We speak to ILM’s VFX sup. Scott Pritchard. Including 7 videos with over 40 plate photography and final comp shots.


fxpodcast #356: The VFX of Oppenheimer: Zero CGI but Great Effects.

We talk in-depth with Production VFX Supervisor Andrew Jackson about the special and visual effects of Oppenheimer.


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