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Saving Mr. Banks Ultimate Trivia

18 November 2013 1:53 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Saving Mr. Banks opens in Irish and UK cinemas on November 29th, and we’re doing another Ultimate Trivia! This round we've even got some awesome historical trivia, and find out just where all those awards came from in the actual movie! Get reading!   ·        Walt Disney began his quest to get the rights to P.L. Travers’ book “Mary Poppins” in the early 1940s. Although it took nearly 20 years to obtain the rights, when “Mary Poppins” was finally made, it won five awards of its 13 Academy Award® nominations: Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song. Among the nominations were Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film also won a technical Oscar® for Petro Vlahos, Wadsworth Pohl and Ub Iwerks for conception and perfection of techniques of color traveling matte composite cinematography.      ·       Richard and Robert Sherman composed the »

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Man Who Made 'Mary Poppins' Possible Dies

20 February 2013 5:41 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Los Angeles -- Petro Vlahos, a two-time Academy Award winner whose blue- and green-screen technique on movies like "Mary Poppins" and "Ben Hur" made the modern blockbuster possible, has died. He was 96.

His family said he died on Feb. 10, according to The Los Angeles Times. The Hollywood Reporter said Vlahos' company, Ultimatte, also announced the death. No details were released.

The night before his death, an ailing Vlahos was on the minds of many at the Scientific and Technical Oscars ceremony, where he'd been a constant presence through the years and where his acolytes in so-called "composite photography" took home most of the trophies.

"He created the whole of composite photography as we know it at this time," visual effects supervisor and one of the night's top winners Bill Taylor said of Vlahos, drawing a line from his early work to recent technical marvels like "Life of Pi." "Whenever you »

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R.I.P. Petro Vlahos – Green Screen & Special Effects Pioneer Aged 96

16 February 2013 8:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Petro Vlahos, the visual effects pioneer who created the green and blue-screen has passed away, aged 96. He was responsible developing the techniques used for the visual treats in Mary Poppins and Ben Hur.

Although the process of blue-screen originally went back to 1940, but when Vlahos created the company Ulimatte with his son Paul, he changed the way it was used by inventing the colour-difference travelling matte scheme. It took the blue-screen technique from the likes of The Thief Of Bagdad (1940) and changed to film scenes against an aquamarine blue-coloured background.

This is then used to generate a matte – which is transparent wherever the blue-colour features on the original film, and opaque elsewhere. This can then be used to superimpose a separately filmed scene or visual effects to create a composite. Mr Vlahos’s discovery was via a rather complicated lab process which separates the blue, green and red parts of »

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Petro Vlahos, 'green screen' and special effects pioneer, dies aged 96

14 February 2013 8:03 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Petro Vlahos - the special effects pioneer credited with bringing blue-screen and green-screen technology to Hollywood in movies ranging from Ben-Hur to Mary Poppins - has died at the age of 96.

Ultimatte, the company that Vlahos founded during the 1970s, confirmed that its founder passed away on Sunday (February 10).

Born in New Mexico on August 20, 1916, Vlahos worked for aerospace company Douglas Aircraft and Bell Laboratories during the Second World War, joining MGM after the war ended.

Having developed the blue-screen 'colour difference' system for Ben-Hur in 1959, Vlahos was honoured with an Oscar for the technology in 1964, and won a second Oscar for its electronic counterpart in 1994.

His special effects innovations were used in Disney films such as Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks - allowing live actors to appear with animated characters - plus movies such as The Birds, the original Star Wars trilogy, the early Indiana Jones movies and Dick Tracy. »

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Zoe Saldana Kicks Off The Oscars

10 February 2013 7:07 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Beverly Hills, Calif. — A room full of engineers, computer whizzes and technicians brought the crew of the Starship Enterprise down to Earth for a night at the Sci-Tech Oscars.

Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine hosted the annual awards dinner in which the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences beams its spotlight on the latter half of its name.

"We're truly humbled, by all means, man. We can fly into space because of you," Saldana told honorees at the event Saturday night.

The "Avatar" and "Star Trek" star pumped her fist and shouted "Weta!" before the first of two teams from the New Zealand-based special effects house, which worked on "Avatar," took the stage.

Pine and Saldana took turns attempting to describe technical accomplishments like "pose space deformation" and "wavelet turbulence." Pine allowed that one software innovation was too complex for "dumb actors" to fully comprehend.

It was a mostly »

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Tech innovators honored at Oscars dinner

10 February 2013 7:05 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

A room full of engineers, computer whizzes and technicians brought the crew of the Starship Enterprise down to Earth for a night at the Sci-Tech Oscars.

Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine hosted the annual awards dinner in which the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences beams its spotlight on the latter half of its name.

“We’re truly humbled, by all means, man. We can fly into space because of you,” Saldana told honorees at the event Saturday night.

The Avatar and Star Trek star pumped her fist and shouted “Weta!” before the first of two teams from the New Zealand-based special effects house, »

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Academy Honoring Visual Effects Supervisor Bill Taylor With Bonner Medal

8 January 2013 2:51 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Visual effects supervisor and director of photography Bill Taylor will be honored with the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony on Feb. 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Taylor is the co-founder of Illusion Arts, where he has worked on the visual effects of more than 200 films. He has been visual effects supervisor on such movies as Lawless, Public Enemies, Milk and Bruce Almighty. Working with Petro Vlahos, he has co-authored chapters on bluescreen and greenscreen compositing in both the American Cinematographer Manual

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