Visual Effects

New York Film and TV Production Resumes with Changes

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 09:21 -- Nick Dager

With film and television production starting to resume, visual effects companies in New York State are gearing up to capitalize on a projected boom in demand. Eager to get back to work but wanting to do so safely, producers are expected to rely more on virtual production and other visual effects techniques to reduce the need for travel, locations shoots and crowd scenes.

The White Wall Workflow

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:45 -- Nick Dager

The White Wall has been called one of the most exciting scripted television series to come out of Scandinavia in recent years with its unique storyline, high production value and superb cast. It was primarily shot in a remote village in northern Finland and set in the present time with science fiction elements. The story was based on an unusual white wall discovered deep underground at a mining site of one of the world’s largest nuclear waste depositories.

Rising Sun Pictures Turns 25

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:51 -- Nick Dager

Rising Sun Pictures is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, another milestone for the visual effects studio which, from humble beginnings, has gone on to produce ground breaking work for more than 150 motion picture and series productions, including some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed films of the past two decades.

Rising Sun Adjusts to Pandemic to Keep Education Program Open

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 10:55 -- Nick Dager

The corona virus pandemic has impacted people and businesses worldwide. The strict quarantine restrictions have made it difficult for educational institutions to continue to operate. However, Rising Sun Pictures, whose core business is to problem-solve and find creative solutions, devised a plan to continue the delivery of their education program with little disruption.

A VFX Rising Star

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:25 -- Nick Dager

As head of business development and a member of the executive management team at Rising Sun Pictures, Jennie Zeiher leads the team responsible for the visual effects studio’s forward slate of high-quality film and series projects. Zeiher considers staying abreast of the development schedule and saying yes to opportunities as they arise to be key to her company’s success, which is not an easy feat being half a world away from Hollywood. “Over the past several years RSP’s relationships have broadened and through consistent high quality delivery we’re developing new ones,” she says. “It's a virtuous cycle.”

Bringing a Classic to the Big Screen

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 10:14 -- Nick Dager

DP Nicolaj Bruel and director Matteo Garrone, who first worked together on the award-winning 2018 feature film Dogman, recently repeated their collaboration on the live action Italian language feature film Pinocchio, starring Oscar winner Roberto Benigni. A live action adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a wooden puppet that is brought to life, the production had to be right on many levels.

Jellyfish Pictures Expands Northern Presence with New Studio in Sheffield

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:26 -- Nick Dager

Multi-award-winning animation and visual effects studio and creators of original kids’ content Jellyfish Pictures today announced the opening of its new facility in Sheffield. The new studio is the result of the company outgrowing its current location following the expansion to the North of England less than a year ago.

Grading a VFX Tour de Force

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 10:38 -- Nick Dager

One of the most awaited drama series of 2019, His Dark Materials, produced by Bad Wolf for BBC and HBO, was finished at Technicolor in London. With a story set in a parallel universe that seems like the Britain of a century ago, and with fantastic elements such as giant armored polar bears and ever-present demons – animal representations of the human soul – the production is a tour de force of visual effects, and therefore somewhat demanding of the colorist, Jean-Clément Soret.

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