Sapphire 4.03 for FFI Maintenance Release

November 18, 2007

Sapphire Plug-ins 4.03 for Autodesk systems is now released and available for download from: http://www.genarts.com/sapphire-sparks.html This fixes a problem with certain combinations of sparks in Batch and some issues with LensFlareAutotrackMask. This is a free maintenance release for version 4 customers and will work with your existing v4 license. If you have not yet upgraded […]

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Movie Matte Painting to Shine at Academy Event

November 16, 2007

Beverly Hills, CA – Making stops at King Kong’s Skull Island and Darth Vader’s Death Star, the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will take audiences on a movie matte painting journey on Monday, December 10, at 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. “Fantastic Reality: […]

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Oscar Visual Effects First Cut List

November 15, 2007

David S. Cohen from Variety has written an article about the visual effects films up for consideration for the visual effects Oscar.

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Cooke Red Lens

November 14, 2007

Cooke Optics Introduces RED Set of S4/i Lenses for the RED ONE Camera . Cooke Optics has announced a new Cooke RED Set, a package of four standard Cooke S4/i lenses offering a range of focal lengths from 15mm through 100 mm. The lenses incorporate /i metadata capture technology that can be read directly by […]

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If the van rockin’…

November 13, 2007

The new commercial for Honda Odyssey lives up to the vehicle’s name, taking viewers on an unexpected ride with the iconography of a time when people knew to “Respect the Van.” Created by design/production company Nylon, the spot uses visual wizardry (literally) to brand one of the leading minivans in the category.

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Golden titles

November 8, 2007

Ken Cato of Cato Purnell & Partner recently completed a 3D title design sequence for the UK feature film Elizabeth: The Golden Age, at Iloura in Melbourne. Ken Cato was approached by renowned Australian editor Jill Bilcock (credits include: Romeo+Juliet, Mouline Rouge, Elizabeth) to create a stylised title sequence for the film. The title sequence […]

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GenArts Releases Sapphire Plug-ins Version 2 for After Effects and Compatible Products

November 6, 2007

GenArts, Inc., a leading provider of visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industries, today announced the immediate availability of Sapphire Plug-ins version 2 for After Effects and compatible products including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Combustion, and Eyeon Fusion. The new release features over 30 new effects, plus many […]

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Mercury Masterpiece

October 12, 2007

As part of the ongoing campaign for Mercury, The Brothers Strause directed another Mercury Sable spot : Synapse. The spot is featured in this week’s fxguidetv. The amazing campaign combines Swing and Tilt lens with complex keying, complex roto and some cool cutting edge 3D.

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fxphd: Orientation Week Special Just Released

October 10, 2007

We’ve just released our Background Fundamentals Orientation Week special episode over at fxphd. It provides an overview of what’s going on during the term over at our sister vfx training site….I think you’ll see why were excited about the October07 Term. We’ve got a ton of great courses and professors lined up, including RED camera […]

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Eyeon Announces Software World Tour 2007

October 10, 2007

Eyeon has announced their Software World Tour 2007, visiting the following cities in the months of October and November: San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Sydney, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga, Paris, London, Madrid, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Munich, London , Manchester. Click through for more details….

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fxguidetv: flame2008, Nuke Tech Preview – Shot on RED

September 13, 2007

A new episode of fxguidetv is up which has interviews with Philippe Soeiro from Autodesk who talks about the new 2008 smoke and flame releases. We also speak with Matt Plec from the Foundry about what they were showing at IBC, which is a technology preview of the upcoming Nuke — complete with a brand […]

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New Autodesk Site: myfirstflame.com

September 12, 2007

Autodesk has rolled out a new web site targeted towards flame users called myfirstflame.com. It’s a fun site with some longtime flame users such as Sheena Duggal, Jake Parker, Vico Sharabani, and more. It also has links to the past NAB tutorials, including the presentation I gave earlier this year. Fill out the survey and […]

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Emmy winners

September 10, 2007

Congrats to the winners of this year’s creative Emmys. Dexter, Battlestar Galactica and NightMares & Dreamscapes. Outstanding work once again in this years 59th Prime Time Emmy awards. Outstanding Main Title Design: Dexter (Showtime) Eric Anderson, Creative Director Josh Bodnar, Editor Lindsay Daniels, Designer Colin Davis, Main Title Producer Oustanding Special Visual Effects for a […]

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RED Podcast discussion

September 6, 2007

Jeff Heusser and Mike Seymour have an informal discussion about the new RED, their experiences on set with them and most importantly the post pipeline. You can download from the right hand side podcasting panel on our homepage or from iTunes. Coming up on fxguide . . . In addition to our audio podcasts, we […]

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The Film Industry is Broken

September 4, 2007

Stu Maschwitz over on his ProLost blog has written a must read article titled “The Film Industry is Broken” about the lack of a Universal Color Metadata format.

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