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May 23, 2017, 4:16 pm
For Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s newest deep dive into his Alien universe, Luma Pictures was called upon to create visual effects for several sequences. The studio researched and realized the tiny spores that inhabit some of the characters, including via ear canals – just getting that right required some pretty grotesque reference. Luma also delivered some other-wordly lamps inside the lab of the synthetic David. They rounded out the work with set extensions and graphics. And they killed James Franco.
May 22, 2017, 3:42 am
In most cases, indie filmmakers don't have the budget to hire someone to score their films. This means that you miss out on the benefit of having a score specifically designed to match what's going on up on screen, so you will have to figure out a way to do it with a piece of music that already exists. Though this is challenging, Kris Truini gives you a few helpful tips on how to pull it off, even if you don't have much experience working with music, scores, and soundtracks.
May 21, 2017, 5:29 am
In 1989, I was a young feminist who wanted to be a filmmaker. While there weren’t many women in this fairly “boys club” field, Academy Award winner Ed Jones hired me in Optical because he knew I could do the job. Approximately 25 people worked in the ILM optical department. The few women in this department – Peg Hunter, Lori Nelson, Mary Walter, and me – were effects pioneers in a male world.
May 19, 2017, 4:54 am
A stand-out moment in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 occurs when Yondu, Kraglin, Rocket and Baby Groot jump through several space portals causing their faces to warp and distend in almost grotesque ways.
May 18, 2017, 9:52 am
Western Digital now offers up to 10 terabytes of storage space in a single network-attached drive, with brand-new entries in its Red and Red Pro ranges. This has been made possible with the use of helium inside the drives’ hermetically sealed casings, which makes it possible for thinner platters and therefore more of them in the same form factor.
May 17, 2017, 7:04 pm
Recently I've been reading through Walter Murch's book In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective On Film Editing. Murch is celebrated film editor, sound designer, director, and screenwriter who has worked on a number of notable films, such as The Conversation, American Graffiti, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part II and Part III, and The English Patient.
May 15, 2017, 11:56 am
Invisibility has long been the characteristic of great visual effects. Being unseen is something to strive for; the less you notice the strings, the better the puppet show. But being invisible has taken its toll on VFX artists, turning them into veritable puppets of their own.
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In this episode of The Cutting Room, we explain just where we have been for the past four months. We'll begin regularly ...
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