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‘Rogue One’ VFX Team Explain the Difficulty of Resurrecting Old Characters

18 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Last week I had the opportunity to jump on the phone with the visual effects team behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After the jump, you can read a transcript of my full interview with Rogue One executive producer / visual effects supervisor / writer John Knoll, animation supervisor Hal Hickel, and special effects supervisor […]

The post ‘Rogue One’ VFX Team Explain the Difficulty of Resurrecting Old Characters appeared first on /Film. »

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Rogue One VFX head: ‘We didn’t do anything Peter Cushing would’ve objected to’

16 January 2017 6:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The visual effects supervisor and co-writer of the Star Wars prequel, John Knoll, has addressed the ethics of digitally resurrecting dead actors

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s visual effects supervisor John Knoll has hit back at critics of the decision to digitally resurrect Peter Cushing as the Grand Moff Tarkin, a character who previously appeared in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.

Speaking to Yahoo Movies, Knoll – who shares a story credit on Rogue One, as well as being chief creative officer for FX house Industrial Light & Magic – responded both to criticism of the look of the work, and the ethics of doing it in the first place.

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Oscars: VFX Contenders Put On a Show at Academy’s Annual Bake-Off

13 January 2017 9:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual visual effects bake-off sees each of the 10 final contenders for the Oscar present a five-minute introduction and a 10-minute reel. For the first time ever this year, the artists behind each entry answered questions in a panel-style Q&A.

At the close of the evening, though, visual effects legend Bill Taylor closed things out with a speech urging fellow members to vote for the “best visual effects in a movie, not the best movie with visual effects.” With internal criticism of last year’s “Ex-Machina” victory still on many members’ minds, his comments struck some as a “warning,” and others as unnecessary and inaccurate.

A24’s surprise winner took down four big studio and major effects house contenders at the 88th annual Oscars: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” This year, the »

- Dani Levy

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George Lucas to Build His $1 Billion Museum in Los Angeles

11 January 2017 12:55 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For a while, George Lucas, the mastermind behind “Star Wars,” has been keeping us guessing as to which city he would choose to build his $1 billion Museum of Narrative Art — would it be Los Angeles or San Francisco?

Well, finally, we now know the answer: L.A. is the winning city.

The museum will exhibit the filmmaker’s personal collection of fine and popular art, including collectible memorabilia related to his very popular science-fiction franchise. The museum will be housed in a futuristic-looking building to be built in L.A.’s Exposition Park. This design beat out a competing design for Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

Read More: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 3 Trailer: Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Prepare for an Epic Rematch

“It feels like this incredible gift has come home. I always thought Los Angeles was the natural place to spread the vision of George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, »

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'Rogue One': The Secret Origin of Jyn Erso Revealed

11 January 2017 11:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

John Knoll, Industrial Light & Magic's chief creative officer, isn't just the man who came up with the original idea behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; he's also the man who created Jyn Erso.

"I wanted a really strong, smart and active female character as the lead of this movie," Knoll told Yahoo! Movies. "I have three daughters, and they were all growing up, and they were all young when I was working on the prequels. I felt like Star Wars could really use another good, strong, smart and decisive female character."

Knoll's family also acted as inspiration »

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‘Rogue One’ And ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominate The 2017 Ves Awards Nominations

10 January 2017 11:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Ves Awards this morning and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Games Of Thrones” dominated the field.  The winners will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

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The nominees are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Doctor Strange

Stephane Ceretti

Susan Pickett

Richard Bluff

Vincent Cirelli

Paul Corbould

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them

Christian Manz

Olly Young

Tim Burke

Pablo Grillo

David Watkins

“Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children”

Frazer Churchill

Hal Couzens

Andrew Lockley

Jelmer Boskma

Hayley Williams

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

John Knoll

Erin Dusseault

Hal Hickel

Nigel Sumner

Neil Corbould

The Jungle Book

Robert Legato

Joyce Cox

Andrew R.

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Baftas 2017: full list of nominations

9 January 2017 11:50 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sophie Turner and Dominic Cooper presented this year’s nominations.Baftas 2017‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominationsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmers

Bafta chair Jane Lush was joined by Sophie Turner and Dominic Cooper to announce the nominations for the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London on January 10 2017.

The awards will take place on Feb 12 at the Royal Albert Hall and will be hosted once again by Stephen Fry. The show will be broadcast on BBC One.

2017 nominationsBEST Filmarrival Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron RyderI, Daniel Blake Rebecca O’BrienLA La Land Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc PlattMANCHESTER By The Sea Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. WalshMOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele RomanskiOUTSTANDING British Filmamerican Honey Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van HoyDENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, [link »

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‘Rogue One’: How Ilm Created CGI Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia

9 January 2017 3:43 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Whether you’re wowed or creeped out by the controversial digital humans in “Rogue One,” featuring the late Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia from “A New Hope,” there’s no denying that Ilm has achieved a new level of photoreal facial animation.

In fact, the same facial performance-capture solving system (developed at Ilm by Kiran Bhat,  Michael Koperwas, Brian Cantwell, and Paige Warner) will be among the Academy’s 18 Sci-Tech honorees this year.

But the high-fidelity work on “Warcraft” — even though it was Orcs — convinced Ilm’s chief creative officer and senior VFX supervisor John Knoll (and creator of “Rogue One”) to pull the trigger. “We were within striking distance to achieve close-up digital human work,” he told IndieWire.

For Tarkin and Leia, they mocapped actors Guy Henry (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) and Ingvild Deila, respectively.

Added Hal Hickel, Ilm’s animation supervisor: “On ‘Warcraft, »

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Carrie Fisher Loved Her Princess Leia Cameo in Rogue One

6 January 2017 2:09 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With only one new movie hitting theaters in wide release this weekend, many fans may opt to check out the blockbuster spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story again before it ends its theatrical run. Those who do so will get another chance to see the late Carrie Fisher on the big screen, sort of, as her younger self is recreated digital for a Princess Leia cameo. Today we have new details about how Carrie Fisher was involved in the Rogue One production process, from LucasFilm's John Knoll.

ABC News caught up with John Knoll, chief creative officer and senior visual effects guru for Lucasfilm, who also has a story credit on Rogue One. He confirmed that Carrie Fisher was involved in the production process. He also revealed that she loved being participating in the movie, and enjoyed the final product.

"She was involved in the process and, you know, »

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See how Ilm put those CG characters into Rogue One

6 January 2017 3:01 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

During the filming of Rogue One there was talk of a secret element to the first Star Wars spin off story that had not been revealed in any trailer or promo image. Fans of the saga poured over the minutiae of the production and began to piece together a few clues that ultimately led them to the truth.

In amongst all the talk of how much screen time Darth Vader would have in the new film, and if the new characters were related to any of the Skywalkers, there was a piece of the Rogue One puzzle waiting to delight the fans, and it points a new way forward for an emerging technology.

Obviously there are spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story here. See it first before reading on.

ABC’s Nightline were recently granted access to Industrial Light & Magic to talk with John Knoll »

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Carrie Fisher Was Involved In Her Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Cameo, And Loved It

5 January 2017 7:33 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As Rogue One: A Star Wars Story closes in on $1 billion at the worldwide box office, it seems to be all that anyone can talk about these days. Everywhere you look there’s a new story popping up about Gareth Edwards’ incredibly successful prequel and the internet just can’t get enough of it. One aspect in particular that people really seem to be interested in though is the two surprising cameos – one from Peter Cushing and one from a much younger Carrie Fisher.

Of course, the reason that these cameos are causing so much commotion is due to the fact that the actors were created digitally. It’s a decision that’s proven to be pretty controversial, with fans falling on both sides of the fence, but the general feeling seems to be excitement surrounding the inclusion of these two classic Star Wars characters (Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin »

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‘Rogue One’: How Those Controversial CGI Characters Were Made

5 January 2017 3:55 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

(Reader beware: “Rogue One” spoilers within.) If you’ve seen the latest “Star Wars” story, then you already know that two characters from the original trilogy appear in CGI form: Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing, who died in 1994) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher, who died late last year, after “Rogue One” was already in theaters). This latter appearance feels especially poignant in light of Fisher’s death, as she ends the film with a single word: “hope.” A new video details the process of bringing the two back in digital form.

Read More: ‘Star Wars’: Carrie Fisher Finished Filming ‘Episode VIII’ Before Her Death

The segment first aired on “Nightline” last night, with NBC’s Clayton Sandell touring Industrial Light and Magic — the special-effects company George Lucas first founded in 1975. John Knoll, Ilm’s Chief Creative Officer, explains why both Tarkin and Leia were brought back and how it »

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Find Out How Ilm Recreated Princess Leia And Grand Moff Tarkin In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

5 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

We recently detailed the process through which Industrial Light and Magic recreated Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) and a young Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but a new video from ABC's Nightline has now provided a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing work that went into recreating the likenesses of the two actors. While the reception to the the computer generated faces (notably Tarkin's) have been mixed, there's no doubt that some great effort and attention to detail went into making them a reality! Be sure to watch the video and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and »

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Watch How Ilm Recreated Princess Leia And Grand Moff Tarkin In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

5 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

We recently detailed the process through which Industrial Light and Magic recreated Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) and a young Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but a new video from ABC's Nightline has now provided a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing work that went into recreating the likenesses of the two actors. While the reception to the the computer generated faces (notably Tarkin's) have been mixed, there's no doubt that some great effort and attention to detail went into making them a reality! Be sure to watch the video and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and »

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 3 Trailer: Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Prepare for an Epic Rematch

4 January 2017 4:09 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Disney Xd has released a brand new mid-season trailer for season three of “Star Wars Rebels.”

In this trailer, the crew returns to Geonosis in search of a missing rebel team sent there to investigate suspicious activity. Once there, they find a surprise: After coming across a missing rebel team member, the Ghost crew discovers another surprise on Geonosis, and they work to conceal it from Imperial forces.

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The last sequence of this trailer teases a long-awaited epic rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. The duo had previously dueled in “The Phantom Menace” and “The Clone Wars” animated series.

And talking about the “Star Wars” never-ending fever, on December 16 Disney released its latest film of this widely popular franchise, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Diego Luna »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 3 Trailer: Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Prepare for an Epic Rematch

4 January 2017 4:09 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Disney Xd has released a brand new mid-season trailer for season three of “Star Wars Rebels.”

In this trailer, the crew returns to Geonosis in search of a missing rebel team sent there to investigate suspicious activity. Once there, they find a surprise: After coming across a missing rebel team member, the Ghost crew discovers another surprise on Geonosis, and they work to conceal it from Imperial forces.

Read More: How Ilm’s John Knoll Brought ‘Star WarsFull Circle With ‘Rogue One

The last sequence of this trailer teases a long-awaited epic rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. The duo had previously dueled in “The Phantom Menace” and “The Clone Wars” animated series.

And talking about the “Star Wars” never-ending fever, on December 16 Disney released its latest film of this widely popular franchise, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Diego Luna »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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How Disney’s Animated ‘Zootopia’ Became the Galvanizing Movie of 2016

3 January 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Zootopia” directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore are still flabbergasted by the global success of their animated Oscar frontrunner. But as difficult as it was to believably create an anthropomorphic society shared by predator and prey alike, it was even harder to convincingly capture the zeitgeist of fear, prejudice and inclusion.

“It was really a juicy thing to talk about, but could we do that with an animated film, should we do that with an animated film?” asked Howard, who pitched and created “Zootopia.”

“And the more we researched it and the more we talked to our experts on bias and discrimination, we realized this was an incredible thing we should be looking at,” Howard told IndieWire. “Disney films especially are good at that. Our producer, Clark Spencer, reminded us that ‘The Lion King’ gave parents and children a wonderful opportunity to talk about death. And I remember being shocked »

- Bill Desowitz

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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

2 January 2017 4:58 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.

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The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love, »

- Michael Nordine

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Oscars 2017: Listen to 70 Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

2 January 2017 4:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

91 songs were recently named as being eligible for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, including three from Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” and high-profile tunes by the likes of Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Sia. We’ll know which five are ultimately nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring 70 of the eligible songs — and the full list of all 91.

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“Just Like Fire” from “Alice through the Looking Glass

“Rise” from “American Wrestler: The Wizard

“Friends” from “The Angry Birds Movie

“Flicker” from “Audrie & Daisy”

“Seconds” from “Autumn Lights

“A Minute To Breathe” from “Before the Flood

“Glory (Let There Be Peace)” from “Believe”

“Mother’s Theme” from “Believe”

“Somewhere” from “Believe”

“The Only Way Out” from “Ben-Hur”

“Still Falling For You »

- Michael Nordine

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How Ilm’s John Knoll Brought ‘Star Wars’ Full Circle With ‘Rogue One’

2 January 2017 10:19 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For John Knoll, Ilm’s Oscar-winning VFX supervisor (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”) and chief creative officer, the making of “Rogue One” — the first “Star Wars” standalone film, which he created — offered more freedom than usual.

“The standalone films don’t necessarily have to match the style book as the saga films,” Knoll told IndieWire prior to the release. “You’re a little freer to do genre and style experiments. So the tone was more of a war film and the cinematography [by Greig Fraser] had a little more of a verite style to it.”

Read More: ‘Rogue One’ Director Gareth Edwards Reveals How the Film’s Original Ending Was Much Different

Back in 2003, when Knoll first pitched the idea of rebels stealing the plans for the Death Star (inspired by the crawl at the beginning of “A New Hope”), the timing was premature. George Lucas was developing a live-action »

- Bill Desowitz

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