Digital Domain and Jon Favreau have a shared Destiny

Working on the trailer for highly anticipated video game Destiny by Activision and Bungie are director Jon Favreau (Iron Man), actor Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution), visual effects company Digital Domain, and advertising firm 72andSunny; the 60 second spot premiered online today and will air during the NBA playoffs on Saturday.

Digital Domain has released a series of images which utilized the Moon and Mars environments directly from the game engine and incorporated camera angles which respect the geometry of the source material. Motion-capture performers were recruited resulting in CG and live-action elements being blending together under the watchful eyes of Dd Visual Effects Supervisors Jay Barton and Richard Morton. “Digital Domain approached this spot as filmmakers,” stated Jon Favreau. “The artistic vision they brought along with the technology made for a fun collaboration."
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X-Men's Double Trouble: A look at the FX behind the blockbuster

La-based VFX house Digital Domain is often the first choice for studios wanting to create digital doubles, thanks to its work in films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (an old Brad Pitt) and Tron: Legacy (a young Jeff Bridges). But turning actor Kevin Bacon into a mutant for X-Men: First Class presented bigger challenges than ever, according to the company.s visual effects supervisor Jay Barton. The prequel is set in 1963, when Professor X and Magneto were young men and good friends, discovering their super human powers for the first time. Despite sharing a common goal . to save the world from being taken over by evil mutants . they fall out and the rest, as they say, is history. Bacon plays Sebastian Shaw, the leader of the New York branch of the...
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"Avatar" Receives Top Honor at Visual Effects Society Awards

"Avatar," the sci-fi special effects extravaganza, received six Visual Effects Society Awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture at the 8th Annual Ves Awards.

"Avatar" beat fellow Oscar nominees "District 9" and "Star Trek" as well as, "2012" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Disney/Pixar's "Up" won three including Oustanding Animation, Outstanding Animated Character ( 'Carl'- No Dad Scene), and Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature.

"District 9" earned one Ves Award, for outstanding compositing while "Sherlock Holmes" won for supporting Visual Effects in a feature.

The effective use of the Visual Effects technology is one of the strongest qualities of "Avatar." Watch for the film to take home all the special effects categories at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 8th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture


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Avatar and Up Win Big at Visual Effects Society Awards

The Visual Effects Society announced the winners of the 8th Annual Ves Awards on Sunday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects in more than twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.

Filmmakers, producers and guests joined more than a thousand attendees from the visual effects industry for the sold-out gala which honored James Cameron with the Ves Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Ed Catmull with the Georges M&#233li&#232s Award for Pioneering.

Avatar was the evening's big winner taking home six awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture. Up was honored with three awards including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

The 2010 Ves Awards will premiere on Friday, March 5 at 10pm Et/Pt on ReelzChannel.

The following is the complete list of winners of the 8th
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Avatar tops 8th Annual Ves Awards Nominations

No surprise there.  It goes without saying that James Cameron's sci-fi spectacle Avatar has the potential to clean house at the 8th Annual Ves Awards for its breath taking visuals by the acclaimed Weta Digital. Cameron will also be picking up a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.  In the outstanding animated feature category, the nominees include Up, 9, Coraline, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The official press release is as followed:

3-D Films Dominate With Most Noms as Avatar grabs 11, Coraline 4, and Visual Effects Company Weta Digital Snags Most Company Noms with 9

Los Angeles, January 19, 2010 - The Visual Effects Society (Ves) today announced the nominees for the 8th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in over twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.  Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 16, 2010, by numerous blue ribbon panels of Ves members who
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