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What Goes Into a Color Grade for a L’Oréal Commercial

Senior Colorist Andreas Brueckl demonstrates the effort that goes into coloring a quick snippet from a L’Oréal Commercial using Baselight Video description below In this breakdown I show some of my techniques that I use for beauty commercials. I recorded the monitor output and edited the 30 min realtime-grading down to this 3 min clip. To be honest, I don’t Read MoreRead More

Building the Black Hole for Interstellar

What does a black hole look like up close? Filmmakers recruited theoretical physicist Kip Thorne for some help with Christiopher Nolan’s Interstellar KIP THORNE LOOKS into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That’s what it would do.”  This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at Read MoreRead More

Creating the Opening Cinematic for “Destiny”

The opening to Bungie’s Destiny takes place where astronauts discover The Traveler, an object that gamers will encounter later as they play. Prologue worked with Bungie to deliver this cinematic and we found out from some of the key team – directors Simon Clowes and Ilya V. Abulkhanov, CG supervisor Lee John Nelson, producer Armando Read MoreRead More

3D Object Manipulation in a Single Photograph using Stock 3D Models:

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University use stock models of 3D objects to manipulate objects in still photographs with an amazing amount of freedom. We present an approach that allows users to perform 3D manipulations, such as rotations, translations, scaling, deformation, and 3D copy-paste, to objects in photographs. Our approach seamlessly reveals hidden parts of objects Read MoreRead More

How they Blew Up the Droid – A VFX Breakdown

This is how-to guide for destroying the droid on Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. This breakdown was presented at DigiPro and SIGGRAPH this year. I will try to post the slides somewhere useful asap. This work was done at Image Engine in summer 2012 for 3 months. I was responsible for destruction of the droid geometry, as Read MoreRead More

Researchers Use a 480-Camera Dome to More Accurately Capture 3D Motion

Using a dome with 480 cameras researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a new way to create motion capture without those little reflective balls. Traditional 3D motion capture technologies, amazing though they are, are limited. They only give you a small number of data points to work with, and while they seem to capture Read MoreRead More

Colour Grading Your Film – Top Nineteen Tips For Working With The Professionals

Chris Jones gives out 19 tips for working with professional colorists to grade your film. Go to the best people The number one mistake so many filmmakers make is they try to grade their films themselves. There is no doubt, the tools available now are cheap and powerful, and with a great deal of trial Read MoreRead More

Ape Acting

Mike Seymour digs into the process of turning mocap actors into living breathing digital apes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.   Rise of the Planet of the Apes focused on a scientist who adopted an ape in the science-run-amok break-out hit film of 2011. Dawn of Planet of Apes focuses on an ape who deals with Shakespearean Read MoreRead More

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