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.
A crash landing, a bruised hero, a crowd about to swarm. For Montreal post house Framestore, Blade Runner 2049’s thrilling Trash Mesa attack sequence had all the elements of a classic set piece, it only needed its band of scavengers. With two days to prep, Framestore turned to Vicon motion capture products and a live link that helped two production teams make crucial decisions, five time zones away.
Australian visual effects studio Rising Sun Pictures produced more than 170 final visual effects shots for Thor: Ragnarok¸ the new film from Marvel Studios. Working under the supervision of director Taika Waititi, production visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison and production visual effects producer Cyndi Ochs, RSP’s team spent more than 18 months helping to craft some of the film’s most memorable, creative and technically challenging scenes. It was RSP’s first project for Marvel.
Visual effects studio FuseFX has named Jim Rygiel executive visual effects supervisor. Rygiel is a three-time Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor who has been a leader in visual effects for many years.
MTI Film colorist provided final post services for three new videos directed by Phillip R. Lopez, including a release from Russian punk band Pussy Riot with the provocative title Straight Outta Vagina. In finalizing the look of the videos, colorist Alex Chernoff collaborated directly with Lopez who’s been garnering a lot of attention for his visually stunning short films and music videos.
Technicolor in London has completed post on Tulip Fever, a romantic period drama from The Weinstein Company and directed by Justin Chadwick. As well as performing the grade, conform and deliverables, Jean-Clément Soret, MPC’s global creative director of color grading, was also responsible for completing the trailers, allowing the audience to be immersed in the look and feel of the movie from the preview onwards.
AlphaDogs has completed post on the psychedelic horror film Buzzard Hollow Beef where the phrase “you are what you eat” takes on a whole new meaning. In this suspenseful food horror story, a family experiences vivid hallucinations, leading them to believe that cannibalistic hillbillies have poisoned them.
Michael Jackson's long-rumored Thriller 3D will make its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival 2017 August 30 to September 9 in Venice, Italy. The Michael Jackson estate made the announcement today.