Visual Effects

Visual Effects Collective PHD Launches in LA

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:07 -- Nick Dager

PHD has been launched in Los Angeles as a new collective led by visual effects industry veterans John Hughes and Helena Packer and film/TV/commercials director Kevin Donovan. The company, a full service post-production house working across the genres of VR/AR, independent films, documentaries, select TV projects including limited series, and commercials, also offers clients live action production services. PHD has offices in Los Angeles, India, Malaysia and South Africa.

Jellyfish Opens Virtual VFX Studios

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:48 -- Nick Dager

BAFTA and multi-award winning production studio Jellyfish Pictures has opened two new virtual visual effects facilities in Oval, London, creating what it believes are the first virtual VFX studios in Europe and marking great advancements in the way VFX practitioners work. The new sites are in addition to Jellyfish Pictures’ established studios in Brixton, South London, and Fitzrovia, Central London, and increase capacity by a further 70 artists, taking the company’s total workforce to nearly 200 employees.

Jon Cowley to Lead FuseFX Vancouver Production Team

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 14:40 -- Nick Dager

FuseFX has hired 18-year visual effects industry veteran Jon Cowley as head of production and senior VFX supervisor at its production facility in Vancouver. Cowley will oversee production activity at the facility lead its team of VFX supervisors on projects including the television series Zoo and Mist. He brings deep experience as a manager, supervisor and artist with credits including the blockbusters Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, The Great Gatsby, and District 9. Most recently, he served as a client-side VFX supervisor on the Netflix television series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

FuseFX Launches VR Spinoff

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:20 -- Nick Dager

FuseFX, which produces visual effects for such shows as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., American Horror Story, Luke Cage and Criminal Minds, has launched a spinoff venture to tackle projects in the rapidly expanding field of virtual reality. FuseVR will create visual effects assets for virtual reality projects, including 3D sets, digital environments and CG characters. The effort will be led by Bud Myrick as VR supervisor and John Heller as VR creative director.

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Color Scientist Jerome Dewhurst Joins Roundabout Entertainment

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:09 -- Nick Dager

Jerome Dewhurst has joined Roundabout Entertainment’s technical staff as chief color scientist. Dewhurst will oversee and manage the color pipeline for the facility’s growing digital intermediate and color correction operations, and set best practices for color company-wide. He will also lead research efforts to develop new software, technologies and services related to color management.

Sony Chooses Avere FXT Edge Filers for Visual Effects

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:02 -- Nick Dager

Sony Pictures Imageworks has deployed Avere Systems’ FXT Edge filer 5600 clusters to support the studio’s ongoing render farm expansion and to ensure non-disruptive scalability. Imageworks uses Avere technology to help it deliver award-winning visual effects and animation while staying on budget and meeting demanding production timelines

ACES Gets in the Games

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:01 -- Sarah Priestnall

The Motion Picture Academy’s Academy Color Encoding System is now widely used across the movie industry but perhaps surprisingly, it’s also gaining traction in the gaming world. To learn more, Digital Cinema Report recently spoke with Brian Karis at Cary, North Carolina-based Epic Games. The company is known for its industry-leading Unreal Engine, a ground breaking game engine that can be used by other game developers who do not want to develop their own engine.

Global Team Delivers for Hidden Figures

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:59 -- Nick Dager

Hidden Figures recounts the story of three female African-American mathematicians who played an integral role in John Glenn’s successful launch into space and return. Captured on 35mm film, the movie is largely live action, but features nuanced CG throughout. Crafty Apes delivered 328 VFX shots for the film, working out of its Atlanta facility, with founder Chris LeDoux at the helm, Mark LeDoux overseeing local artists and Tim LeDoux guiding the final look out of the studio’s LA facility.

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