Posts tagged with films

GPU Technology Conference

October 7th, 2009

12,700 rigid bodies.
100,000 rigid bodies.
Fireball made from non-fx artist in ten minutes.

Check out this video of Richard Kerris and Chris Horvath from Lucasfilm/ILM discussing how Nvidia’s GPU power is speeding up simulation and render time:

Updated 02/12/2010:

P.S. Sony employed a similar setup for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs:

March 31st, 2009

Interesting website for peeps in the industry.

From their press release: is a global tool that will help job-seekers see how they rate among other artists with similar skills and experiences in a particular location. Using the special Wages system, users can graphically compare wages and salaries around the world by typing in a city, state or zip code. Registrants can also obtain information about employment based on job title, company, start date and length of time the position will last.

The site just started a few weeks back, so it is still missing some wages. I’m sure with time, it will have lots of information.

Global recession and VFX

March 17th, 2009

Interesting article at VFXWorld about the economic downturn and the visual effects industry (mainly film).

Rough Times for VFX: But is it the Recession?

Happenings in LA

February 16th, 2009

Apple and Watchmen

Director Zack Snyder (“300”) and visual effects supervisor John ‘DJ’ Des Jardin discuss the creation of the CG character Dr. Manhattan.

February 17, 7:00 p.m.
1248 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 576-1011

Visual Effects Society

Image Quality Considerations for Cinematography and Visual Effects

The choice of an imaging system and camera has implications as never before. Choosing film or digital (or which type of digital) can have far reaching consequences on style, cost, image quality, and practicality. The Cinematographer and the Visual Effects Supervisor should be as integrally involved in these choices as they were in the selection of film stocks traditionally. This event will strive to help Cinematographers and Visual Effects practitioners find the correct balance between theory, practical implications, and current practices. Hans Kiening will present a scientifically based overview of Spatial Image Quality, Dynamic Range , and Grain & Noise. Learn how to judge what image capture systems are right for your project. Then Ray Feeney will host a panel of Cinematographers and VFX Supervisors as we look at the choices made by this years Oscar nominated cinematographers and VFX teams. Films to be discussed are: Benjamin Button , Dark Knight, Iron Man and Slumdog Millionaire. Each of these feature films made unique choices optimized for their individual projects. Never before have we had VFX and Best Cinematography nominations that cross as wide a spectrum of imaging choices — Traditional 35mm film, Imax, Viper, Silicon Imaging, etc. This promises to be an exciting (and perhaps controversial) evening of discussion.
Presenters: Dr. Hans Kiening and Ray Feeney

Claudio Miranda – DP ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’
Wally Pfister, ASC – DP ‘The Dark Knight’
Matthew Libatique, ASC – DP ‘Iron Man’
Anthony Dod Mantle, BSC – DP ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
Eric Barba, VFX Supervisor – ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’
(Other Panelists to be announced)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Linwood Dunn Theater. 1313 Vine Street. Hollywood, CA 90028
6:30pm Snacks/Drinks 7:00-9:00 Event

Free for VES, ASC and Academy Members. PGA + DGA Members $10. All non-members $20

VES Members CLICH HERE to RSVP. All others please call (818) 981-7861

PSST!3 Screening

Camera rig

January 19th, 2009

I am starting a new personal project and it requires some crazy camera movements. However, the default Maya camera’s suck at doing great camera moves, so I came across this badass camera rig for Maya. It’s called shotCam.

It’s a mel script Lionel Gallat wrote and can be downloaded at his website:

P.S. I also found this alternative here. It’s actually based on Lionel’s script and works just about the same.

VFX for Benjamin Button

January 16th, 2009

I can’t help but be amazed by the work done on the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:

These images are from fxguide’s article, The Curious Case of Aging Visual Effects. Check it out!