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Rising Sun Expands VFX Training Program

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 15:08 -- Nick Dager

Responding to demand from aspiring visual effects artists from across Australia and beyond, Rising Sun Pictures is expanding its visual effects educational program, operated in partnership with the University of South Australia. RSP will now offer a Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting, modeled after its successful Graduate Certificate in Composting and Tracking. It is also adding to its menu of short courses covering 3D modeling, compositing and other subjects.

The Artistry of Jungle Book: Part 5

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:28 -- Nick Dager

Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book won this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. A Walt Disney Picture, the movie is unique because the only live action character, the boy Mowgli, was shot on bluescreen while everything else was computer-generated. The visual effects team included key talent from Technicolor and its subsidiary, the Moving Picture Company. In the final part of our five-part series, Tim Sarnoff, president of production services and deputy CEO at Technicolor, explains how Technicolor tackled this unique project, and what it means for future of increasingly complex and immersive productions.

Reel Cinemas Installing Dolby Atmos

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 15:51 -- Nick Dager

Emaar Entertainment subsidiary Reel Cinemas is installing Dolby Atmos immersive audio across its entire theatre chain in the Middle East. Reel Cinemas will deploy Dolby’s latest SLS loudspeaker, including the new SLS 3-Axis Speaker MA390C, making it the first to install the system across an entire cinema circuit. The installation will be one of the largest rollouts of Dolby Atmos screens by any multiplex chain in the Middle East and will include featuring the Dolby Atmos experience at the outlet at The Dubai Mall.

The Artistry of Jungle Book: Part 4

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:08 -- Nick Dager

Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book won this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. A Walt Disney Picture, the movie is unique because the only live action character, the boy Mowgli, was shot on bluescreen while everything else was computer-generated. The visual effects team included key talent from Technicolor and its subsidiary, the Moving Picture Company. In part four of our five-part series, Steven J. Scott, Technicolor’s vice president of theatrical imaging and supervising and finishing artist in Los Angeles, talks about his experience working with Legato and other artists in the making of The Jungle Book.

The Artistry of Jungle Book: Part 3

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 13:22 -- Nick Dager

Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book won this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. A Walt Disney Picture, the movie is unique because the only live action character, the boy Mowgli, was shot on bluescreen while everything else was computer-generated. The visual effects team included key talent from Technicolor and its subsidiary, the Moving Picture Company. In part three of our five-part series, Rob Legato lead VFX supervisor, and second unit director on The Jungle Book explains how creating a movie that was totally dependent on VFX demanded a completely different approach to production, and opened the door to a greatly expanded role for VFX in real-world movie-making.

Production Increasing in Abu Dhabi

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 13:00 -- Nick Dager

Continuing its momentum of attracting regional and international productions, Abu Dhabi Film Commission has secured a new Indian production for which the capital will serve as the second filming location for two weeks. The upcoming Telgu feature film, Duvvada Jagannadham (also known as DJ), is written and directed by Harish Shankar and will shoot in various locations across the Emirate including the Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Intercontinental Hotel, Yas Links Golf Club and Galleria Mall, with access to twofour54’s production services.

The Artistry of Jungle Book: Part 2

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:38 -- Nick Dager

Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book won this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. A Walt Disney Picture, the movie is unique because the only live action character, the boy Mowgli, was shot on bluescreen while everything else was computer-generated. The visual effects team included key talent from Technicolor and its subsidiary, the Moving Picture Company. In part two of our five-part series, MPC chief technology officer Damien Fagnou describes some of challenges and complexities presented in producing this daunting artistic and technological undertaking.

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