Monday, September 24


Sony Hack Reveals VFX Industry Wages

Top Stories, VFX
Sony Pictures Entertainment is still reeling in the aftermath of last month’s unprecedented computer hack -- widely characterized as one of the largest corporate hacks in history -- that reportedly caused so much disruption to the company’s internal systems that it was temporarily forced to revert to pen and paper in order to function. (more…)

ZERO VFX Launches Compression Preview for Adobe After Effects

Top Stories, VFX
 ZERO VFX has launched its first new software plug-in for the post production marketplace as a result of its newly formed software division, Code Zero Software. The new plug-in, Compression Preview, enables After Effects artists to preview sequences prior to rendering, check for unwanted artifacts, banding and color shifts and make tweaks and changes to the compression parameters to ensure the best possible end product. Providing these powerful capabilities saves artists valuable time and resources by ensuring the look and quality of their work before final rendering and publishing. ZERO VFX has teamed up with Boston-based Noise Industries and Ephere to help market, sell and support Compression Preview. With its deep connections and expertise in the VFX software industry, the combined tea

‘Cinderella’ Trailer Reveals Live Action Remake

Headlines, Studio, VFX
Disney has released the first full trailer and a new poster for the live-action adaptation ofCinderella. Inspired by the classic fairy tale, Cinderella brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The trailer introduces audiences to Lily James in the iconic role of Cinderella, as well as the first images of Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, Richard Madden as the dashing Prince, and the one-of-a-kind glass slipper. Directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother and her daughters Anast

Framestore Launches Feline into Space for O2 Spot

Headlines, Studio, Top Stories, VFX
London-based VFX house teams with visualization specialists The Third Floor to help launch O2's ‘Be More Dog’ campaign into outer space. Framestore’s new production for VCCP takes O2's Be More Dog campaign into outer space, in a spot that sees the feline star adrift in a completely computer generated universe. “We treated the project very much like Gravity,” says the spot’s director Mike McGee, “creating a pre-vis with The Third Floor and using Framestore’s Art Department to concept the key moments and how a cat would actually look in a spacesuit.” (more…)

Prime Focus changes the game, delivers end-to-end creative services on ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

Studio, Top Stories, VFX
First Indian creative services company to be chosen as an exclusive partner to execute VFX and 3D conversion services, for a Hollywood project of this scale Prime Focus World (PFW), the creative services business of Prime Focus, the world’s largest media service powerhouse, has collaborated with Troublemaker Studios and Aldamisa Entertainment on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. PFW is the exclusive VFX and 3D conversion partner for the much-awaited sequel, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, and based on Miller’s cult graphic novels. The film is distributed by The Weinstein Company, and hits the Indian theaters today. (more…)

‘Lucy:’ VFX House ILM ‘Surprised’ Luc Besson

Studio, Top Stories, VFX
"He asked us to resist the temptation to show things early, until it was at the stage that it was really compelling," says ILM VFX supervisor Richard Bluff. To create the unique visual effects for sci-fi action film Lucy — which topped the North American box office this past weekend with a $44 million debut — director Luc Besson started by working with the film's VFX supervisor Nicholas Brooks. (more…)