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Joe Letteri Supervising The Water Horse

by malducin

VFXWorld is reporting that former ILM member and VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri will supervise work for Jay Russell's The Water Horse.

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ILM at SIGGRAPH 2006: Preview 1, Courses

by malducin

Members of ILM will participate in four SIGGRAPH 2006 courses covering HDRI, fluid simulations, digital creatures and performance-driven facial animation. Other VFX related courses will cover Imageworks work in Open Season, Rhythm and Hues work in The Chronicles of Narnia and the return of the RenderMan course. SIGGRAPH 2006 will take place July 30-August 3, 2006 in Boston.

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Mission: Impossible 3 Japanese Trailer

by malducin

Moviefone has posted the Japanese version of the Mission: Impossible III trailer. The film is being directed by J.J. Abrams with VFX supervised by Roger Guyett.

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Official Star Wars Site Covers Backdraft and The Rocketeer VFX

by malducin

The Hyperspace section of the official Star Wars site has an article of the VFX work in Backdraft and The Rocketeer that originally appeared in the Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine #14, back in 1991. The article illustrates the use of digital effects in those early days of the CG revolution.

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King Kong Wins Best VFX

by malducin

Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor from Weta Digital and Weta Workshop have just won the 2005 Academy Award for Best VFX for their work on King Kong.

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Mimi Abers Sculpture Show at Gallery Route One

by malducin

Mimi Abers, a compositor at ILM, has a sculpture exhibit entitled "The Follies of Old Age" at the Gallery Route One at Point Reyes Station. The exhibit will be on display till March 26, 2006.

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Stu Maschwitz Discusses The Orphanage Pipeline

by malducin

Studio Daily has interviewed Stu Maschwitz, former ILM member and cofounder and CTO of The Orphanage where he discusses the pipeline of the studio and technologies like Magic Bullet and his current work in color management issues.

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John Dykstra to Make Directorial Debut with Tortoise and Hippo

by malducin

VFXWorld and Coming Soon are reporting that VFX Supervisor and former ILM member John Dykstra will make his feature directorial debut with the Tortoise and Hippo. The live action film is expected to be released in 2007.

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FXGuide Covers Optical Flow

by malducin

FXGuide has an extensive article on the history and use of optical flow in visual effects. It includes comments from VFX Supervisor Kim Libreri and former ILM member J.P. Lewis.

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Photos of 2005 VES Awards

by malducin

The Visual Effects Society site has photos of the 2005 Awards, including shots with VFX Supervisors Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman and Ed Hirsh.

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ILM to Use Vue 5 Infinite Software

by malducin

E-on Software has just announced that ILM will use its Vue 5 Infinite environment creation software. Lucasfilm CTO Cliff Plumer and ILM Digital Matte Artist Susumu Yukuhiro comment on the decision to use it.

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VFX Supervisors Discuss 2005 Best VFX Nominees

by malducin

VFXWorld has an article where the supervisors for the 3 nominated films of 2005 for the Academy's Best VFX, Dennis Muren for War of the Worlds, Dean Wright for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Joe Letteri for King Kong, discuss each others work.

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Wired Covers Digital Tech in Films

by malducin

Wired has an article on hoe digital technologies have impacted recent and upcoming movies, from animated ones and big VFX spectacles to invisible effects in dramatic ones, including Jarhead, Munich, V for Vendetta, X3, King Kong, Sin City and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.

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Coverage of Ed Catmull Subdivision Surfaces SciTech Award

by malducin

CGSociety and the SIGGRAPH website have brief articles on the 2005 Academy SciTech Awards where Pixar President Ed Catmull received an award for the original concept of subdivision surfaces.

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Official Star Wars Site Covers VES 2005 Awards, Chronicles of Narnia VFX and HD Cameras

by malducin

The last two installments of the official Star Wars site Hyperspace section newsletter have several interesting tidbits regarding ILM, including the VES 2005 Awards, how ILM became involved in the Chronicles of Narnia film, the National Medal of Technology ceremony and the use of HD cameras in the Star Wars prequels.

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Wesley Seeds Donates Star Wars Model Parts for Auction

by malducin

Hollywood Heroes, a seller of movie and toy collectibles, will have an auction of several ILM model pieces and miniatures from the original Star Wars films, including some donated by former ILM model maker Wesley Seeds. The auction is set to start March 2, 2006.

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Mobility Guru Interviews Cliff Plumer

by malducin

Mobility Guru has interviewed Cliff Plumer, Lucasfilm and ILM Chief Technology Officer, about his career, the move of the data center to the Presidio and the technological prowess at the new campus.

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LA Times Ponders Star Wars Episode III VFX Oscar Snub

by malducin

The Los Angeles Times has an article dealing with the apparent VFX Oscar snub of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The reporter gives out a few theories based on his conversation with SciTech members.

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VFXWorld and ComingSoon Cover War of the Worlds Master Storytellers Event

by malducin

VFXWorld and Coming Soon have brief reports on the ILM presentation of the VFX work in War of the Worlds at the Hollywood's Master Storytellers this past February 16, 2006. It includes brief comments of what VFX Supervisors Dennis Muren and Pablo Helman and Animation Supervisor Randy Dutra talked about.

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Fahrenheit Digital to Release Character TD DVDs

by malducin

Tim Coleman, Character TD at ILM currently working on Poseidon, has an instructional DVD dealing with mechanical rigging in Maya. Aaron Holly, a Character TD at Disney and who also worked at ILM, has a couple of DVDs dealing with rigging and skinning cartoony characters.

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