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Thor Announced — and She’s a Woman! Bows Down….

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I am amazed that someone in the geek culture actually grew a pair of giant hairy balls to do THIS.  I have no choice but to bow down in gratitude. Well done, monsters, well done.  Thanks to Joe Leydon for the heads up.  

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What is Caesar? The Apes Humans Deserve

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In Rupert Wyatt’s brilliant first film of the series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it was immediately clear that the filmmakers were doing two things to up the ante. 1) they brought to life unrivaled visual effects with the help of performance capture and Andy Serkis. And 2) they tried to hew as closely to plausible science as they could. That the first film takes care to insist…

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Will Oscar Notice Rise of the Moody Blockbuster? Dawn and Snowpiercer Put Academy Prejudice to the Test

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For a while now, as I just wrote about in the directors piece, the moody effects film has mostly been ignored by the Academy. There was District 9, which got a Best Picture slot when there were a solid ten nominations each voting member could submit. But when they shrunk the nomination ballots back to five for each Academy member, suddenly those five slots simply could not sacrifice a drama…

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Performance Capture Featurette from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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While this technology is impressive, the debate about whether it’s acting continues. So much enhancement happens beyond what the actor does I’m not sure if it is. However, should the Academy embrace what’s coming next they might have separate categories for such things. As it stands now, this movie and others like it have just the tech categories to be represented in as they’re never make the leap to the…

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Godzilla Open Thread – Because Why Not

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People are seeing Godzilla — apparently in droves. Here is a place to discuss the monster movie, which has a shot at visual effects.

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VES Nods – There’s Gravity and Everything Else

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It kind of seems like there’s no point to even running a contest with Gravity in the VFX department. It’s like Avatar – nothing will even get remotely close.  Nonetheless, here are the VES noms, Gravity leads with 8 nods, courtesy of Steve Pond at The Wrap: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture “Gravity”: Tim Webber, Nikki Penny, Chris Lawrence, Richard Mcbride “Iron Man 3”: Christopher Townsend, Mark Soper, Guy Williams, Bryan Grill “Pacific…

10 films advance to vie for VFX nominations

10 films advance to vie for VFX nominations

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 86th Oscars®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: Elysium Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Iron Man 3 The Lone Ranger Oblivion Pacific Rim Star Trek Into Darkness Thor: The Dark World World War Z

World War Z, Trailer Number 2 and Poster

World War Z, Trailer Number 2 and Poster

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JustJared has the poster for the Brad Pitt sci-fi extravaganza, and trailer number 2, just released. “United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to decimate humanity itself.” Directed by Marc Forster, also starring Mireille Enos and David Morse. Hits theaters in June.

Interview: Jeff White’s Visual Effects for The Avengers

Interview: Jeff White’s Visual Effects for The Avengers

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Jeff White joined the legendary LucasFilm visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic roughly ten years ago, and has since worked on some of the biggest blockbusters of the past decade. His work spans all three Transformers movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Star Wars: Episode III “Revenge of the Sith.” During the course of those films and many others, White has worked his way up from…

Life of Pi and Brave top VES Awards

Life of Pi and Brave top VES Awards

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Life of Pi and Brave each win 4 awards at the 11th Annual VES Awards.   (thanks to Mikhail) Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Life of Pi Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Brave Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture The Impossible Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Life of Pi: Richard Parker Outstanding Animated Character in…