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Inventive Solutions: John Dykstra talks about the art of creating visual effects

19 July 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“The computer has become overwhelming,” states John Dykstra (Star Wars) who was lauded this year with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society.    “It’s a double-edged sword.  The really good aspect of it is you can build an image a pixel at a time and include enough accuracy in the construction to make it indistinguishable from the real one.  The negative part of that is you also have to be selective about what you create.  Just because you can do it doesn’t mean that you should.  The idea that everything is done on one tool to a certain extent has also taken some of the fun out of it.”  Dykstra received a Scientific and Engineering Award at the 1978 Academy Awards along with Al Miller and Jerry Jeffress for inventing the first digital motion-control camera system called Dykstraflex.  “The idea that the technology necessary to achieve the »

- Trevor Hogg

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Gojira Reborn: The Making of Godzilla

9 July 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects producer Allen Maris, production visual effects supervisor John Dykstra; visual effects supervisors  Ken McGaughGuillaume Rocheron and Darren Poe, previs supervisor Eric Carney and designer Christian Pearce about the monstrous task of bringing a Toho Studios icon back to the big screen….

“I received a call from Kim LoCascio, Legendary’s VFX Executive, saying they had a cool project that was starting to gear up and asked if I’d like to meet for it,” recalls VFX Producer Allen Maris (Prometheus) as to how he became involved with reviving a Toho Studios iconic diakaiju (giant monster) called Gojira which is better known outside of Japan as Godzilla.   “I met with her and Ty Warren and then they set up a Skype interview with Gareth [Edwards].  I started the week after that.”  A major conventional presentation served as a starting point.   “Coming into this one, they »

- Trevor Hogg

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Thn Attends The ‘Godzilla’ Press Conference

12 May 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Everyone’s favourite monster movie gets an injection of modernity this week with Gareth EdwardsGodzilla reboot, with rave reviews coming in across the web. To celebrate the film’s release Thn attended a press conference with the cast and crew at the Corinthia Hotel in London to talk motion capture, feminism and Bryan Cranston’s jazz hands. The monster itself was sadly unavailable for comment…

Thomas – I heard you say that you’ve been waiting your entire life for this Godzilla film, why was now the right time for you and this group of incredible people?

Thomas Tull [Producer]: Well now was the right time because we had the rights [laughs]. But no, I’ve been a Godzilla fan since I was a little kid, and we wanted to bring fresh perspective to that and we were very fortunate to come across Gareth Edwards. If somebody had said to me a long time ago ‘look, »

- Chris Wharfe

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New Godzilla Hi-Res Photos

2 May 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released a slew of new images, as well as set photos of director Gareth Edwards, cast and crew, from the epic action adventure GodzillaThe first movie came out 60 years ago and fans can’t wait to see him stomping across cinema screens again.

For Southern California residents battling the heatwave, be on the lookout for the King of the Monsters looming over the streets of Sunset and Lacienega in Los Angeles.

Imagine the arrival of a great creature that mankind can’t even communicate with, much less control…what would that be like to live through?” asks Edwards. “How would the world react? We’ve all seen or experienced incomprehensible disasters, natural or otherwise, that would seem like a scenario from a movie if they didn’t actually happen. So the challenge of making the ultimate Godzilla movie was to reflect that reality, »

- Michelle McCue

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Awards Season 2014: From Cinematography to Visual Effects, See the Latest Winners!

13 February 2014 10:12 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

First stop, the Annie Awards which honor excellence in the animated world. And the winners are:

Best Animated Feature:

Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production:

Chipotle Scarecrow, Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios

Best Animated Short Subject:

Get A Horse!,Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial:

Despicable Me 2, Cinemark
- Universal Pictures

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children:

Disney Sofia the First
- Disney Television Animation

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children.s Audience:

Adventure Time, Cartoon Network Studios

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production:

Futurama,20th Century Fox Television

Best Animated Video Game:

The Last of Us, Naughty Dog

Best Student Film

Wedding Cake, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Viola Baier, Iris Frisch

Animated Effects in an Animated Production:

Jeff Budsberg, Andre Le Blanc, Louis Flores, Jason Mayer, The Croods, DreamWorks Animation

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production:

Michael Balog, »

- Manny

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Gravity pulls in 6 trophies while Frozen casts a spell at Ves Awards

13 February 2014 8:22 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Looks like animated fairy tale Frozen is on a hot streak and Gravity is going to be hard to pull away from at the Oscars after the members of the Visual Effects Society gather last night at Beverly Hilton to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Ves Awards.  

The event attended by 1000 guests was hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) with the awards being handed out by Grammy Award winning artist Pharrell Williams and actors Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), Michael Ealy (Underworld: Awakening), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Dark Shadows), Jamie Kennedy (Son of the Mask), Sharon Lawrence (Hidden Palms), Richard Schiff (Se7en) and Alyssa Sutherland (Day on Fire). 

The appearance of surprised presenter Sandra Bullock (A Time to Kill) foreshadowed a great night for Gravitywhich won 6 of the 24 categories.  Other big winners included Frozen, Game of Thrones and PETA.  Pioneering careers were also lauded as previous Ves Méliès »

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'Gravity' nabs top visual-effects prize

13 February 2014 6:09 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Alfonso Cuaron was honored with the Visionary Award last night at the 12th annual Ves Awards, recognizing the best in visual special-effects — so it was no surprise that Gravity was also the ceremony’s big winner. Cuaron’s riveting outer-space thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, won six awards in total, including the top prize for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture.

Frozen won four awards, including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Game of Thrones had three wins as well.

In the last five years, the winner of the top prize at »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards

13 February 2014 1:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gravity earns six prizes, Frozen four at 12th annual Visual Effects Society awards.

It was a big night for two of the dominant films of the awards season as the prizes were handed out in Los Angeles on February 12.

Film category winners of the 12th Annual Ves Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects In A Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Gravity

(Tim Webber, Nikki Penny, Neil Corbould, Richard McBride)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects In A Feature Motion Picture

The Lone Ranger

(Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Shari Hanson, Kevin Martel)

Outstanding Animation In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen

(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Lino Di Salvo)

Outstanding Animated Character In A Live Action Feature Motion Picture

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Smaug

(Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin, Guillaume Francois)

Outstanding Animated Character In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen: Bringing the Snow Queen to Life

(Alexander Alvarado, Joy Johnson, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Gravity’ Soars, ‘Frozen’ Sparkles

12 February 2014 8:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Visual Effects Society proved that “Gravity” is causing as much buzz among vfx pros as it is among worldwide audiences.

By the time the pic collected the award for visual effects in a visual effects-driven motion picture, the org’s equivalent of best picture, it had already collected five of the six awards it was nominated for. It finished with six kudos, with star Sandra Bullock in attendance as a presenter and director Alfonso Cuaron an honoree.

Gravity” just proved to great a force to overcome, even for such highly regarded vfx pictures as “Pacific Rim” and “Iron Man 3.  Only “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” was able to beat out “Gravity” for a feature film vfx category, as its eponymous dragon beat out the animated George Clooney in “Gravity” for top animated character in a live-action feature.

“It’s been a great evening” said “Gravity” vfx supervisor Tim Webber, »

- David S. Cohen

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Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Gravity’ Soars, ‘Frozen’ Sparkles

12 February 2014 8:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Visual Effects Society proved that “Gravity” is causing as much buzz among vfx pros as it is among worldwide audiences.

By the time the pic collected the award for visual effects in a visual effects-driven motion picture, the org’s equivalent of best picture, it had already collected five of the six awards it was nominated for. It finished with six kudos, with star Sandra Bullock in attendance as a presenter and director Alfonso Cuaron an honoree.

Gravity” just proved to great a force to overcome, even for such highly regarded vfx pictures as “Pacific Rim” and “Iron Man 3.  Only “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” was able to beat out “Gravity” for a feature film vfx category, as its eponymous dragon beat out the animated George Clooney in “Gravity” for top animated character in a live-action feature.

“It’s been a great evening” said “Gravity” vfx supervisor Tim Webber, »

- David S. Cohen

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Patton Oswalt Returns For Ves Awards Emcee Duty

21 January 2014 9:27 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Los Angeles (January 21, 2014) – Today, the Visual Effects Society (Ves), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced that award-winning actor/comedian/author Patton Oswalt will serve as host of the 12th Annual Ves Awards on February 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This marks Oswalt’s third engagement as host of the prestigious annual celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation. “Look, no one drinks more or parties harder than visual effects artists. They’ve promised to green screen a vat of bourbon into my stomach. I had to say yes, ” said Oswalt on his return engagement. As previously announced: The Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón, acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award nominated director of the film Gravity. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to John Dykstra, Academy Award winning visual effects pioneer and innovator. Related: ‘Gravity’ Leads With 8 Ves Awards Nominations »

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‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations

14 January 2014 1:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Visual Effects Society has announced this year’s nominees for the 12th annual VES awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón for “Gravity,” which led all films with eight vfx nominations. “Pacific Rim” received six, while “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Iron Man 3” received five each.

Those pics were nominated in the “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature” category. In a surprise, “The Lone Ranger” was nominated in feature supporting vfx. Disney’s disastrous Western was quite f/x-driven, though many of its effects were in-camera practical f/x, which aren’t a major focus for the Ves. Other supporting effects nominees include ”Rush,” “The Great Gatsby,” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “White House Down.”

Nobable omissions from the top category include “Man of Steel” (which got 2 nominations), “The Wolverine, »

- Francesca Bacardi

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Gravity, Iron Man 3 earn Ves nods

14 January 2014 2:08 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) delivered no surprises on January 14 as it announced the nominations for the 12th Annual Ves Awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón, and The Lifetime Achievement Award to effects pioneer John Dykstra.

The 12th Annual Ves Awards Ceremony will take place on February 12 in Los Angeles.

The feature film nominees are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

GravityTim Webber, Nikki Penny, Chris Lawrence, Richard Mcbride

Iron Man 3Christopher Townsend, Mark Soper, Guy Williams, Bryan Grill

Pacific RimJohn Knoll, Susan Greenhow, Chris Raimo, Hal Hickel

Star Trek: Into Darkness – Roger Guyett, Luke O’Byrne, Ron Ames, Ben Grossman

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of SmaugJoe Letteri, Eric Saindon, Kevin Sherwood, David Clayton

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

RushJody Johnson, Moriah Etherington-Sparks, Mark Hodgkins, Antoine Moulineau

The Great GatsbyChris Godfrey, Prue Fletcher, [link »

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