the vfx show #110: The Social Network

Mike Seymour, Mark Christiansen, Jason Diamond and Kanen Flowers discuss the visual effects of the feature film ‘The Social Network’ and the social context of the film.

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Mat Graham and Todd Scholton

Show Notes:

Director: David Fincher

Cinematographer: Jeff Cronenweth
VFX Supervisors and Visual Effects Companies:
Edson Williams

6 thoughts on “the vfx show #110: <em>The Social Network</em>”

  1. Great one! Love hearing your explanation of the Winkelvoss technique Mike!

    While this “hockey mask” projection technique is quite different. I have been testing out a variation of this technique for applying a practical hand-drawn look to 3D geometry. I am sure it is perfectly possible to achieve a very hand-drawn look in rendering but I thought one of the best ways to achieve the look would be to:

    1. simply use the CG animation as reference and re-draw each frame by hand (which obviously works very well).

    2. use the CG as reference, re-draw for each frame, and project it back onto the geometry, adjusting it to match the hand-drawn. The great thing about this technique is DEPTH OF FIELD, it isn’t easy to “draw” focus, but it is extremely simple to render it in 3D.

    It is a bit convoluted, but it is well worth it to keep what started as a 2D concept, taken into 3D (which lets you easily move the camera and work with lighting), back to 2D, and back to 3D for easy compositing and lighting adjustment.

    Very inspiring talk, thanks guys!

  2. Hello,
    when I try to listen it or download it I get:

    You don’t have permission to access /vfxshow/The_VFX_Show_110-_The_Social_Network.mp3 on this server.

    But other podcasts are ok.

  3. Nicolas,

    Thanks for letting us know about this. We did find the problem and fixed it earlier today. Sorry it took so long to let you know about the fix. Enjoy!

    Todd Scholton
    Producer for the vfx show

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