The mainland is a white desert of snow, surrounded by a clashing cold ocean, and scarcely populated. Only the animals and few plants are accustomed to the difficult living conditions. This is the Antarctic. DP Alessandro Beltrame from Italy left his warm southern European homeland for two documentaries for The Antarctica Project, a cooperative project of the Italian government and the private broadcaster Mediaset.
Production & Post-Production
Vicon has launched Cara, what it says is a pioneering facial motion capture system. The system is available to order now.
DP Jendra Jarnagin recently shot a night scene for an independent feature shooting the Sony F55 Digital Cinema Camera at 5000 ISO.
Codex has expanded its product range with the Codex Production Server and Backbone, a hybrid system with productions taking advantage of local appliances – Codex Production Server – along with the distributed hardware of the Cloud through the Codex Backbone.
Autodesk has announced that its Media & Entertainment support and learning content for its 2014 product line is now live and available under Creative Commons licensing; that equates to 20,000 pages of documentation, 70 videos and 140 downloadable 3D asset files.
Maxon has introduced Cinema 4D Release 15 designed to redefine the 3D motion graphics, visual effects, painting and rendering software workflow.
Thinkbox Software has announced new plug-in offerings for Autodesk Maya including the latest version of Krakatoa MY – its popular volumetric particle renderer, XMesh MY for geometry caching and Frost MY for point cloud meshing.
Codex, Cooke Optics and The Pixel Farm plan to develop and deliver what the companies are calling the next generation of metadata capture for film and digital cinema cameras.
White House Down co-producers Marc Weigert and Volker Engel set up their management platform Uncharted Territory in 1999 to serve as the production and visual effects hub on films they’ve been involved with including 2012, Anonymous and others. Due to the very tight, 12-month delivery schedule for White House Down, Weigert and Engel, who also served as co-VFX supervisors on the film, recruited ten visual effects vendors around the world—all using Shotgun software to push and pull shots.
VFX studio MPC has standardized on Tweak Software's image and sequence viewer, RV, for playback and review across its feature film VFX facilities in Vancouver, Montréal, London and Bangalore.