In a project spanning six months, Rising Sun Pictures produced 86 visual effects shots for Animal World, the new fantasy adventure film that debuted to considerable fanfare at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival and is currently in international release. The work drew on the full gamut of the studio’s core strengths and included everything from a card-playing creature to a loopy dream sequence, a mind-blowing car chase and a moody hero shot of Destiny, the hulking freighter-turned-floating-casino that serves as the film’s primary location.
Visual effects studio Mr. Wolf has opened a studio in Vancouver. The company, which also has operations in Los Angeles and New York, has hired veteran VFX producer Chad Cortvriendt to head the new outpost as executive producer. Cortvriendt is currently leading a team of artists in creating visual effects for the third season of Syfy’s horror anthology series Channel Zero.
Manuel Canchola is a freelance colorist based in Mexico City. He works on a mixture of commercials, television and film and uses this variety to continuously improve his skills as a colorist. Canchola, a passionate advocate for new technology and, in particular, high dynamic range, recently spoke with Digital Cinema Report about his career and his work in color grading.
Technicolor's Academy Award winning VFX studio, Mill Film, will open a new facility in Montréal, Québec with operations starting this summer. The announcement comes in the wake of the February launch of Mill Film in Adelaide, Australia, and is an indication of the global expansion of Mill Film.
AlphaDogs has completed work on the new WWII short film Krieg. Directed and produced by Jeff Fry, Krieg follows the journey of a Waffen-SS officer who chooses to do the right thing while serving on the wrong side of a world at war. His remorse for inaction in the face of murder compels him to risk all in order to protect a wounded enemy airman.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One features two separate worlds. Each features very different realities and each required a different approach to filming. One depicts a fractured, dystopian future, while the other is filled with infinite possibilities. To help create this, Audiomotion, in collaboration with Digital Doman, relied on Vicon optical systems.
VFX Legion recently created the visual effects for the highly anticipated crossover episodes of Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. Legion has handled all of the visual effects for both shows for almost three-years. However, the crossover episodes required visual effects that blended with two series that use different tools and each have their own look, presenting a more complex set of challenges.
GPL Technologies has hired Felix Fissel to lead its VFXnow unit as vice president of global operations. Fissel, an IT specialist with deep experience in the visual effects industry, will oversee VFXnow operations in Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver. He will also lead business development and seek to expand markets for the unit, a hardware-as-a-service provider to visual effects studios, game developers, editing houses and other creative services companies.
Arri Media and Trixter have agreed on a strategic and operational collaboration in the fields of VFX and animation. In the future and across locations, both post-production companies will be offering all their visual effects and animation services together. In addition to the coordinated interfaces and optimal scalability, customers will now benefit from a much larger range of services.
Technicolor has announced the launch of Mill Film, a new VFX studio for the theatrical/film production market. The initial production hub will be located in Adelaide, Australia with plans to expand into other film production locations to service global clients.