Visual Effects

Disguise, Move.AI Release Invisible Motion Capture

Mon, 06/05/2023 - 09:07 -- Nick Dager

Invisible — a complete technology bundle for real-time marker-less motion capture developed by disguise in partnership with Move.ai – is available now. By removing the need for markers, wearable suits, and long calibration setups, Invisible allows anyone to easily mirror their movements onto a character rig within disguise’s Designer software, all in real time.

Creating Visuals for the Birdsong Project

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 09:17 -- Nick Dager

Director and visual artist David Orr weaves a single bird’s feather into a shimmering kaleidoscope of incredible complexity and stunning beauty in a video accompanying the new Nick Cave song Wood Dove. Produced by Cave with longtime collaborator Warren Ellis, the song is one of 242 recordings included in a new compilation titled For the Birds: The Birdsong Project, created by music supervisor Randall Poster and producer Rebecca Reagan to benefit the Audubon Society.

Making the Leap

Wed, 05/10/2023 - 13:41 -- Nick Dager

VFX Legion created more than 100 digital effects for the premiere season of NBC Television Network’s new series Quantum Leap, creator Donald P. Bellisario’s revival of the '90s sci-fi cult classic. Stepping in during pre-production of the first episode, the Los Angeles and British Columbia-based company created a complex mix of 2D and 3D assets across the first season.

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That Wednesday

Mon, 04/17/2023 - 11:15 -- Nick Dager

VFX Legion’s British Columbia studio recently delivered a mix of photoreal visual effects for the debut season of Wednesday, Netflix’s coming-of-age supernatural series. The show revolves around the Addams family’s eldest sibling, Wednesday, a mirthless, death-obsessed teenage girl, with a penchant for the macabre – and psychic abilities. Creators Alfred Gough and Miles Milla were also Wednesday’s showrunners and executive produced the sleuthing teen dramedy alongside filmmaker Tim Burton.

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Seattle’s MoPop Showcases Laika

Mon, 04/17/2023 - 11:06 -- Nick Dager

Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture is an internationally known, leading nonprofit dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. New to MoPOP this year is the world premiere exhibition, Hidden Worlds: The Films of Laika, a partnership with the award-winning animation studio Laika, which was founded in Oregon in 2005 by president and CEO, Travis Knight.

Creating M.O.D.O.K

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 09:42 -- Nick Dager

Over the course of 31 movies, seven live-action episodic series and a handful of animated and standalone projects, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced some of the most interesting – and bizarre – villains ever seen on screen. With the arrival of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the introduction of its eagerly anticipated Phase Five, the MCU unveils arguably its most unusual villain yet with M.O.D.O.K., a five-foot-tall flying face. Bringing M.O.D.O.K. to life was the challenge presented to the visual effects studio Digital Domain.

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