Visual Effects

Posing and Rendering CGI Characters – A Filmmaker IQ Course!!!

How do we create and pose CGI characters? In this course we walk through the steps we use to create, pose and render our mascot using 3D Studio Max, V-Ray as well as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. This course is proudly sponsored by HP and the HP Z workstations – Unlimited Potential to Read MoreRead More

J.J. Abrams Talks STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and That New Lightsaber

J.J. Abrams Talks Star Wars on the red carpet at the Visual Effects Society Awards – discussing his the Light Saber and how his use of CGI is the opposite of George Lucas’. When you’re the director of the most anticipated film of the year—and, quite possibly, one of the most anticipated in recent memory—you’re 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

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

The History and Science of the Slit Scan Effect used in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

Explore the mysterious and forgotten technique of Slit Scan for special effects and how Douglas Trumbull applied the photographic technique to Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Then we’ll do our best to recreate the effect using LEGOs Technic gears. This video is part of the Filmmaker IQ Course “The Mysterious Art of Slit Read MoreRead More

Visual Effects Legend Douglas Trumbell on working with Kubrick on 2001

Visual Effects guru and a man who has designed the template for Vfx in films, Doug Trumbull is a true genius. Known for his ground breaking work on Kubrick’s epic future forward film “2001,” Doug Trumbull is a fascinating man to listen to and certainly holds court when he speaks about his craft. The SOC Read MoreRead More

Inside ILM – The History of the Magic

Grantland takes you into the storied confines of George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic headquarters to marvel at the art and relics from Lucas’s films, including the Yoda fountain, original ‘Star Wars’ character sketches, Slimer from ‘Ghostbusters,’ and much more. Produced and directed by Joe Braswell Behind the scenes at Industrial Light and Magic, we Read MoreRead More

33 Jaw-Dropping VFX Breakdowns from Television

Television Programs have grown to become major cultural events in our culture. And with the availability of technological magic, visual effects for the original “boob-tube” can now match almost anything being seen on the silver screen.Read More

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