Digital Effects & Artist

The Making of the Title Sequence from “The LEGO Movie”

Art of the Title interviews Creative Director Brian Mah, VFX Supervisor James Andrson  and Executive Producer Kathy Kelehan of Alma Mater on their work on the side scrolling stop motion animation that is the credit sequence for “The LEGO Movie” So, how did this project begin? What was the first meeting about this sequence like? BM: We were initially contacted Read MoreRead More

ILM’s scientific solutions

Ian Failes reports on ILM’s wins in the Scientific and Technical Awards for their advancements in computer generated graphics. ILM is no stranger to the SciTech Awards; numerous innovations crafted by its artists and engineers have been recognized with prestigious Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The studio’s Read MoreRead More

Illusion of Space Flight | Shanks FX

To create a spaceship flying through the space, the effects wizards of yesteryear used simple techniques of keeping the model spaceship still, and having the camera move in towards the objects. This would give the illusion that the ship was moving. Watch as Shanks FX try these techniques with the spaceships in his collection!!!  Read More

Create Your Own HDR Day to Night Timelapse

Stefan Surmabojov shows you how to create a cool looking HDR day to night time-lapse. Starting with the needed equipment for the shoot, he’ll also cover the settings of the camera and the intervalometer. Finally, he’ll go to the post-processing stage where all the magic will happen. Tutorial Via CGI Tuts+  Read More

Brick-by-brick: how Animal Logic crafted The LEGO Movie

Ian Failes goes in depth at how they accomplished the animation for the “The LEGO Movie” It wasn’t until the first trailer for The LEGO Movie was released in June last year that the world finally had a handle on what the Phil Lord and Chris Miller animated pic actually ‘was’. Would it be stop motion? Part Read MoreRead More

Russian Roulette: Creating the effects of “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”

FXGuide interviews visual effects supervisor Matt Johnson on the work that went into the Jack Ryan reboot. Reflecting on Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the film’s visual effects supervisor Matt Johnson describes the pic as a throwback to the 1980s Cold War thrillers. He says that style was evidenced in the film’s storytelling – it Read MoreRead More

How to Color Grade Video in Photoshop

If you come from a photography background and video coloring tools look intimidating – coloring footage in Photoshop may be a better way to coloring your motion footage.  Jaron Schneider shows you how: I decided to share this with you all after the other staff members mentioned they didn’t even know this was an option in Photoshop. Read MoreRead More

Capturing Football’s Snaps, Crackles and Pops in Madden NFL

Ken Belson reports on the process EA uses to create the realistic movements of NFL players for their annual release of Madden. BURNABY, British Columbia — The football players strutted down a 40-yard strip of synthetic turf, yelling, jumping and flailing their arms to whip the fans into a frenzy. But there was no stadium Read MoreRead More

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