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Furious 7 and How Peter Jackson’s Weta Created Digital Paul Walker

Re-creating the franchise’s late star joins a new front in Hollywood’s decades-long effort to create a fully realistic CG actor. No actor is indispensable. That is the blunt lesson from the fact that Universal Pictures was able to complete its April 3 tentpole, Furious 7, following starPaul Walker‘s death in a November 2013 car accident about halfway Read MoreRead More

The Simple 1-Click Green Screen? The Basic Filmmaker Explains How

Basic Filmmaker gets to the root cause of bad greenscreen on small sets – the LIGHTING! Although you should absolutely try to get your greenscreen lighting as good as possible so that the advanced tools in NLEs and compositors don’t have to work so hard – remember that there is some leeway in post. Don’t feel Read MoreRead More

How They Made the Emergency Docking Scene in ‘Interstellar’

Bill Desowitz breaks down one of the most thrilling scenes from Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi saga, with an exclusive clip. There is no greater showcase of “Interstellar’s” VFX and sonic excellence than in the “emergency docking” scene. The Oscar-nominated VFX involves both full CG and practical, as well as a combination of the two, while the Oscar-contending Read MoreRead More

Variety Artisans: Oscar Ballot Guide – Visual Effects

Visual effects are often called a “tech” category, but after you look at the vfx Oscar nominees and hear from vfx supervisors Joe Letteri (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and Paul Franklin (“Interstellar”), you’ll see that visual effects are truly an art — and know better how to spot the best work.Read More

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