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Friedemann Goez joins Beta Film's international TV arm

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Friedemann Goez joins Beta Film's international TV arm
The Same Sky exec joins German production and sales outfit.

Beta Film has hired producer Friedemann Goez for its international TV wing.

Goez will work across German, European and international productions, with the goal of strengthening Beta’s TV department.

He previously worked for Volker Engel at his Us-based company Uncharted Territory, before joining Nico Hofmann’s Ufa Fiction in 2014.

His credits include German series The Same Sky.

Moritz von Kruedener, managing director commented: “Beta’s growing involvement in international TV production requires not only experience and a good sense for storytelling, but also team spirit and strong personal skills. Friedemann combines all these qualities to help contribute to Beta’s future production engagements.”

Beta’s forthcoming TV productions include crime drama Babylon Berlin with Sky, X-Filme and Ard Degeto, which will be broadcast this autumn.
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This VFX breakdown video for Arrival is fascinating

Author: Jon Lyus

Denis Villeneuve’s cerebral sci-fi Arrival surprised many last year and looks set for awards glory in February. It was voted the Best Film of 2016 by the online film writers community in our poll at the end of last year and made many of our top ten lists. Today we have a better look at some of the less visible artistry that went into making the film the spectacle it was.

The Quebec-based VFX house Oblique FX have been adding their touch of magic to recent projects such as this impeccable work on Villeneuve’s previous film Sicario. Their latest work, as seen in the full video below, gives an idea of the seamless integration of their VFX into the raw footage shot by the director. One notable aspect mentioned on the Reddit forums this was posted to today is the fact that the fog in the
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Exclusive: Roland Emmerich & VFX guru Volker Engel talk Independence Day: Resurgence DVD extras

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To mark the home entertainment release of Independence Day: Resurgence, our man James Kleinmann got to attend a very special event in Los Angeles hosted by Director Roland Emmerich and Oscar winning VFX Supervisor Volker Engel for the sequel to their huge 1996 movie Independence Day. As well as attending a Q&A, James got to see […]

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Germany’s Filmakademie Graduates Fill Top Animation, VFX Posts

Since its inception in 1991, Germany’s Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg has not only become a leading international film school but is also home to the country’s renowned Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Post-production.

Among the Filmakamie’s alumni are such diverse industryites as Oscar-winning vfx supervisor Volker Engel, who won an Oscar for “Independence Day” and re-teamed with Roland Emmerich on “Independence Day: Resurgence”; European Film Award-winning cinematographer Franz Lustig (“How I Live Now”); Anne Zohra Berrached, whose acclaimed drama “24 Weeks” screened in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival; and Tanja Krampfert, technical director in Pixar Animation Studios’ character department.

Diversity and learning by doing have been key factors in making the Filmakademie one of Germany’s premiere film schools since its foundation by Albrecht Ade in 1991, according to Managing Director Thomas Schadt. The Filmakademie encourages its students to work and create together and its track record
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ID4 Continues Anniversary Celebration with 4K Ultra HD Release

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Independence Day – 20th Anniversary Edition

Experience the original Oscar®-Winning* sci-fi epic that launched a new era in blockbuster filmmaking. Director Roland Emmerich, producer Dean Devlin and an all-star cast including Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman join forces to deliver the ultimate encounter between powerful aliens and the human race. When massive spaceships appear in Earth’s skies and blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet, a determined band of survivors must unite for one last strike against the invaders before it’s the end of mankind.

*1997; Best Visual Effects

Special Features

Newly Restored Special Edition and Original Theatrical Cuts All-new 30-Minute Documentary – Independence Day: A Legacy Surging Forward (Featured on Disc Two of Blu-ray) Commentary with Director Roland Emmerich and Producer Dean Devlin Commentary with VFX Supervisors Volker Engel and Doug Smith Datastream Trivia Track

Independence Day – 20th Anniversary 4K Ultra
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Independence Day 20th Anniversary Headed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in June

Fox Home Entertainment is expanding their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this June with the release of the recently announced Independence Day 20th Anniversary Edition from director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin in the new 4K home video format on June 7th.

If you're planning on picking up the Blu-ray edition of Independence Day 20th Anniversary Edition a month earlier on May 3rd and have the intention of upgrading to 4K Uhd Blu-ray by year's end -- like myself -- then you may want to rethink that strategy. Fox is packaging the Independence Day 4K Uhd Blu-ray with the complete two-disc Blu-ray 20th anniversary edition so you'll get the best of both worlds in the same package ahead of Independence Day: Resurgence hitting cinemas on June 24th.

The Independence Day 4K Uhd Blu-ray combo pack includes the theatrical and newly restored extended cuts in 4K as well as 1080p Blu-ray.
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Independence Day: the film that defined modern summer movies

Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...

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In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.

Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco.
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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing,
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‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations

‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations
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,
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Gravity, Iron Man 3 earn Ves nods

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Gravity, Iron Man 3 earn Ves nods
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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Capital Punishment: The Making of White House Down

Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisors Marc Weigert, Volker Engel, Ollie Rankin, Jan Krupp, Alex Pejic, Christian Haas and Andrea Block; production manager Joseph Kasparian, visual effects producer Christal Wolgamott, and previsualization supervisor Roger Liu about destroying the home of the American president in White House Down...

Volker Engel and Marc Weigert“My business partner Marc Weigert and I were in talks to supervise the VFX for another movie in early 2012, when Roland Emmerich [Stargate] asked us to read the White House Down script,” recalls Volker Engel who co-owns the visual effects facility Uncharted Territory. “Shortly after that the other movie got postponed anyway and we immediately started prep on White House Down [2013]. We had to hurry up as Channing Tatum [G.I. Joe: Retaliation] had a tight schedule because of another movie he would shoot that same summer. We only had little over two months prep. Normally you want to have at least
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Immersed in Movies: Pulling Off a New VFX Twist for 'White House Down'

Immersed in Movies: Pulling Off a New VFX Twist for 'White House Down'
Uncharted Territory, which has become a model of efficiency and innovation during these precarious times for the VFX industry, came up with a new concept for handling Roland Emmerich's "White House Down": management and quality control rather than creating the bulk of the effects in-house.  That's because Uncharted had only 12 months to deliver 1,000 VFX -- the shortest schedule ever for partners Volker Engel and Marc Weigert, who also serve as co-producers and close collaborators with Emmerich. "We're very fortunate that we already came up with this process many years ago and not have a company that we have to feed with shots and have 100-150 artists," Engel explains. "We are able to do it in different ways depending on the project. On '2012,' we did a third of the movie's VFX in-house because it made sense and we had the preparation time. On 'Anonymous,' it
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Film Review: ‘White House Down’

Film Review: ‘White House Down’
It’s open season on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ― yet again ― in Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” a slick, high-concept actioner that has the unusual distinction of arriving several months after its bargain-basement knockoff, Antoine Fuqua’s “Olympus Has Fallen.” Itself owing much to such lone-man-of-action hallmarks as “Die Hard” and “Speed,” this welcome throwback to an earlier, more generously entertaining era of summer blockbusters delivers a wide array of close-quarters combat and large-scale destruction, all grounded in an immensely appealing star turn by Channing Tatum and ace support from imperiled Potus Jamie Foxx. Though unlikely to rival career-best Emmerich grossers “Independence Day” and “2012” in the outer reaches of the box office stratosphere, pic should net a tidy profit for Sony, helping to salve the still-fresh wounds of “After Earth.”

Setting aside the question of whether the world really needed a second White House takeover movie, in terms of sheer craftsmanship and professionalism,
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Win A Pass To The Advance Screening Of White House Down In St. Louis

In Columbia PicturesWhite House Down, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Columbia PicturesWhite House Down is the new action film from director Roland Emmerich, whose films, including Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Anonymous, have taken in more than $3 billion worldwide.

Enter for your chance to receive a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of White House Down on June 25th at 7:00 Pm in St. Louis.

Answer the
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Visual Effects Masters Hunt New Worlds To Conquer

Visual Effects Masters Hunt New Worlds To Conquer
Visual effects masters are called “magicians” for a reason: They really do seem like conjurers. The only limits on what they can put on the screen seem to be time, budget and imagination.

But when anything and everything is within your grasp, what’s left to accomplish? What excites top vfx supervisors about their work, and what do they still dream of doing?

“You’re striving to challenge yourself,” says “Star Trek Into Darkness” vfx supervisor Roger Guyett. A sci-fi fan, he says, “For a visual-effects artist, lighting ships in space is pretty hard to beat.” It was a special thrill when a vfx image of the Enterprise in warp became the poster for the “Star Trek” reboot. “You feel like you’re creating a memorable image when that happens,” he says.

Visual effects are labeled post-production but vfx supes are on a picture from pre-production through the end of post.
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VFX Classics Spawn New Offspring With ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Percy Jackson’

VFX Classics Spawn New Offspring With ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Percy Jackson’
Several of this year’s summer blockbusters have strong ties — either direct origins or strong inspirations — to some classic vfx titles that have become touchstones for this generation’s vfx artists.

Man of Steel,” the latest take on the Superman mythology, will bring back General Zod, the hero’s Kryptonian nemesis for a battle royale. This fight, though, will be shot cinema verite, in contrast to 1978’s “Superman: The Movie.”

According to vfx supervisor John ‘DJ’ Desjardin, it was a challenge to shoot a fight scene between two characters with superpowers while using a decidedly documentary-style of a camera work during the whole process.Vfx supervisor Dan Kaufman, who was heavily influenced by the late great Ray Harryhausen as a kid, found himself creating the kind of archetypal monsters immortalized by the master filmmaker for “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”

“I saw ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ when I was
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And the Winners of the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) Awards Are...

"The Adventures of Tintin" dominated the nominations but it was "Rango" that received the most trophies at the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) awards. Stan Lee received the the Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the George Melies Award. Patton Oswalt hosted the event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Antonion Banderas, Lou Ferrigno, director Chris Miller, Marc Webb, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson presented awards. But the surprise appearance by Martin Scorsese was the highlight of the evening.

Here's the full list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 10th Annual Ves Awards, to visit our Awards Avenue coverage of other award-giving bodies, winners and nominees, click here:

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

Captain America: The First Avenger

Charlie Noble

Mark Soper

Christopher Townsend

Edson Williams

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Tim Burke

Emma Norton

John Richardson

David Vickery
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Transformers 3, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows 2: Visual Effects Society Nominations

Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Captain America: The First Avenger Charlie Noble Mark Soper Christopher Townsend Edson Williams Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Tim Burke Emma Norton John Richardson David Vickery Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Gary Brozenich David Conley Charlie Gibson Ben Snow Rise of the Planet of the Apes Dan Lemmon Joe Letteri Cyndi Ochs Kurt Williams Transformers: Dark of the Moon Scott Benza Wayne Billheimer Matthew Butler Scott Farrar Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Anonymous Andre Cantarel Volker Engel Rony Soussan Marc Weigert Hugo Ben Grossmann Alex Henning Rob Legato Karen Murphy Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Laya Armian Chas Jarrett Seth Maury Sirio Quintavalle Source Code Annie Godin Louis Morin War Horse Duncan Burbidge Ben Morris Mike Mulholland Chris Zeh Outstanding Visual
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Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for 10th Annual Ves Awards

The visual effects that we are seeing in movies these days are absolutely mind blowing. At this point it doesn't seem like there's any excuse for a film to have bad visual effects unless the people hired lack talent, or the studio is keeping the cash in their pockets.

There's a lot of good nomination this year such as Captain America, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Out of all of these I think that Planet of the Apes might take home the top prize, those apes were incredibly freaky looking. Weta did an amazing job with this movie, and out of all the other nominations this was the movie I was most impressed by. What are your thoughts? What movie did you think have the best visual effect in 2011?

Here's the full press release with all of the nominations:

Los Angeles,
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10th Annual Ves Awards Nominations Announced

10th Annual Ves Awards Nominations Announced
The Visual Effects Society (Ves) today announced the nominees for its 10th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games. Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 7 by distinguished panels of Ves members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank and New York, FotoKem's Spy in San Francisco, and other facilities in London, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington, Nz.

"The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories," said Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society. "The judges faced a huge challenge because all of the work was so far above the norm. We're honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time."

As previously announced,
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