Visual Effects

Jellyfish Pictures Launches RenderWise VFX, Animation Technology Business

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:43 -- Nick Dager

Award-winning production studio Jellyfish Pictures today announced that it has launched a subsidiary business called RenderWise. Responding to the obstacles faced when met with time sensitive demands, RenderWise offers cloud hybrid rendering and virtual studio solutions for VFX and animation applications.

AlphaDogs Completes Post on Cross Wars

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:16 -- Nick Dager

AlphaDogs has completed post-production services on Sony’s new superhero comedy, Cross Wars, a high-spirited and dynamic action comedy in the vein of Deadpool and The Cannonball Run. The story features lots of celebrities (Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore, Brian Austin Green, Vinnie Jones and more), as well as newcomers having fun battling the streets of Los Angeles, with hot girls, sexy guns and witty banter.

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EditShare to Open Soho Office

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:01 -- Nick Dager

Shared storage and media management systems company EditShare will expand its UK operations with a brand new office opening in London’s Soho district in July. The central London location features full demonstration capabilities of Ultra HD workflows. The facility will also offer professional and business development services, providing the local creative community a place to gain hands-on experience along with expert guidance for building next-generation editorial and VFX workflows.

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Deluxe Companies Finish American Gods

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:24 -- Nick Dager

Starz's original series American Gods adapts author Neil Gaiman's novel into a feast of visceral imagery. Developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the ambitious project features extensive visual effects, which were facilitated via The Portal, Deluxe’s cloud-based proprietary service.

Antaviana Films Completes Work on Array of Feature Films

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:05 -- Nick Dager

Barcelona post-production and digital effects house Antaviana Films recently completed work on an array of feature films, including Incerta Glòria by Agustí Villaronga, La Higuera de los Bastardosby Ana Murugarren, and Non è un paese per giovani by Giovanni Veronesi. For these projects, Antaviana Films used Mistika Ultima with a Tangent Element control panel for conforming, color correction, finishing, and VFX compositing.

SMPTE Hollywood and VES to Study AR

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:36 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Section of SMPTE and the Visual Effects Society Los Angeles Section will conduct a joint meeting June 22 to examine the rapidly evolving field of augmented reality. AR is creating new ways for people to experience the world. At this joint meeting of the SMPTE Hollywood Section and VES Los Angeles, a panel of experts will provide an overview of the AR landscape and the technologies driving it. They will also share insights into emerging business opportunities and offer advice on what it takes to get involved in this exciting new field.

Long Distance Snow Job

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:26 -- Nick Dager

For Nissan’s Return of the Snowman spot, visual effects specialists The Embassy in Vancouver banded together with post house Alter Ego in Toronto. The Embassy is well known for its photo-realistic, hard surface VFX work, from creating the digital Iron Man suits for all three films to building massive drop ship hangers for The Hunger Games trilogy. Having worked on countless commercials with Alter Ego, The Embassy made the decision to become part of the creative process for grading, to improve the efficiency and precision of their VFX work and present a consistent preview to their clients.

Why Color Workflows Matter

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:05 -- Sarah Priestnall

Designing a precise color workflow during pre-production can save motion picture projects time and money. The larger and more complex the project, the more the potential for savings. Digital imaging technician Francesco Giardello (Pan, Game of Thrones, Ben-Hur, Thor: The Dark World) can accurately be described as a pioneer in the use of the Academy Color Encoding System on-set. He recently designed a set-to-post color workflow using ACES for the movie Life, directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds. This space thriller from Sony tells the story of the crew aboard the International Space Station and what happens when they encounter extra-terrestrial life in the form of an organism they name Calvin. On Life, Giardello worked closely with cinematographer Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC. The main cameras used were Arri Alexa 65s although, according to Giardello, several other cameras were also utilized. I spoke with Giardello about the color workflow used on Lif

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