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  • Inspirations (1019 ARTICLES)

  • Big Screen Effects: Isle of Dogs

    Apr 11, 2018

    Wes Anderson’s stop-motion ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a story of a 12-year old boy looking for his dog on a canine-only Japanese island. Go behind the scenes to see what it took to bring this lovable tale to life. Plus, with big names like Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson and more, voicing some of the dogs, it’s sure to win you over.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Allegorithmic Substance 2018 Showreel

    Apr 05, 2018

    Originally shown at GDC 2018, this showreel is a collection of video game trailers made with Substance.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Cinematic Title FX Tutorial Teaser from Video Copilot

    Mar 28, 2018

    Andrew and the gang at Video Copilot have a new tutorial coming very soon that is 100% After Effects and 100% procedural. It looks marvelous.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Autodesk 2018 Showreels

    Mar 28, 2018

    Check out some amazing work in these VFX, Games, Student showreels for artists using Autodesk products.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Pop Culture Typography

    Mar 28, 2018

    Melbourne-based Isaac Moores created this fun pop culture-filled project in After Effects over the course of a year. It is some amazing work! Can you guess all of the references? He also created a version that names the sources if you don’t want to guess. This seems really appropriate to show now with the pop culture nostalgia filled Ready Player One opening this week!

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  • Midweek Motivations: US Marine Corps Commercial - Battles Won: Anthem (2017)

    Mar 21, 2018

    Gunnery Sgt. Justin Kronenberg created this animated photorealistic diorama ad for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, with VFX by The Mill. This was part of a rebrand for the Marines that also included a revamp of their website.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Daniel Thiger - Signature Materials Designer

    Mar 21, 2018

    Daniel Thiger, currently Lead Environment Artist at Bungie, in Seattle, is an accomplished designer with many years of experience in the video game industry. “For Substance Source, Daniel produced a selection of 15 fully procedural ground materials, so detailed that they are virtually indistinguishable from scanned materials.”

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  • Midweek Motivation; The Pixel Lab Steampunk Modeling Contest Results

    Mar 14, 2018

    The results are in for the The Pixel Lab’s Steampunk modeling contest and the entries are stunning.  Everybody’s a winner!

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  • Big Screen Effects: Claymation & Stop Motion in Early Man

    Mar 14, 2018

    Early Man is a stop-motion film, directed by Nick Park with his Oscar-winning animation studio Aardman Animations. You may know Park and Aardman from Wallace and Gromit. I saw it last month and it’s a fun ride! I highly recommend it. Plus, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams doing voices… the cast is top notch!

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  • Midweek Motivation: Allegorithmic Best of Substance 2017

    Mar 14, 2018

    Allegorithmic has compiled a list of their favorite Substance-related VFX-focused stories.  They include work from The Mill and Rising Sun Pictures, and touch on many different genres including major motion pictures, TV shows, student films, commercials and more.

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  • Big Screen Effects: Black Panther

    Mar 07, 2018

    Black Panther is one of the best films I’ve seen, with stunning visual effects, superb acting and a wonderful story line. Go behind the scenes of this blockbuster movie with VFX breakdowns, interviews, the crazy car chase and more, to learn what it took to bring Black Panther to the big screen. Warning: spoilers.

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  • MIdweek Motivations: School of Motion Cinema 4D Basecamp

    Mar 07, 2018

    This animation from the London-based, award-winning Animade animation studio for School of Motion is adorable and clever. If you’re a Cinema 4D user, you’re sure to agree!

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  • Midweek Motivation: Fracture FX Client Reel 2017

    Mar 07, 2018

    Check out the Fracture FX 2017 Client Reel showcasing some of the chaos and destruction created using Fracture FX for Autodesk Maya.  It’s smashing good fun.

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  • Sneak Peek: Video Copilot Stretchy Glitch Tutorial

    Mar 01, 2018

    Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot has posted a teaser at VideoCopilot.net about a new tutorial that will come out next Monday and uses only plug-ins that ship with After Effects.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Co-nundrum Title Sequence

    Feb 28, 2018

    Designer and art director Tiber Ergür created the Co-nundrum title sequence as a self-practice project. The stunning visuals in this piece, along with the beautiful music, made me think it was for a real film. Too bad it isn’t, because this is amazing work. Software used: Cinema 4D, Octane Render, X-particles, and After Effects.

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  • Big Screen Effects: The Shape of Water

    Feb 28, 2018

    The Shape of Water is my personal pick for Best Picture for the Academy Awards, and I’ve seen all of the nominated films. It’s so beautifully shot and the story is compelling. Without giving away any spoilers, The Shape of Water is the story of a mute woman who works in custodial services at a lab in 1962’s Baltimore during the Cold War. Scientists bring in an amphibious creature and love happens. Of course, the evil lab manager has other ideas.  This is a roundup of the visual effects in the film, created by Mr. X and others.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Series Titles from Elastic.

    Feb 21, 2018

    Here are some beautifully designed main titles for a few series. The Design Studio, Elastic, seems to be killing it with every new title designs. Get inspired with these gorgeous titles.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Catching up with Andrew Kramer & Video Copilot

    Feb 21, 2018

    Andrew Kramer and the folks at Video Copilot have been rather quiet these past few months, busy working on cool creative tools.  But Andrew recently went live on TheFutur to talk about what he’s been doing.  Plus he’s added a bonus interview with his friend Andrew Price about how to succeed in the VFX industry.

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  • Big Screen Effects: The Magic Behind Coco

    Feb 21, 2018

    Coco was possibly my favorite film of 2017, and that is saying a lot because I saw a lot of movies! It’s visually stunning and gorgeously animated and tells a compelling story of a boy named Miguel who visits the world of the dead. Coco won Best Edited Animated at the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards, and won Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature. Coco; Hèctor the VES Awards.
    Coco has been nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song by the 2018 Academy Awards.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Quixel: Making of American Gods with Megascans

    Feb 21, 2018

    Learn how Quixel Megascans was instrumental in the making of episode 5 (Lemon Scented You) from the Starz original TV series ‘American Gods.’  There’s even a tutorial on how it was done.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Video and VR at the 2018 Winter Olympics

    Feb 21, 2018

    With the Olympics wrapping up this weekend, it seemed like an appropriate time to share some of the cool and amazing technology that is being used at the games in South Korea.

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  • Toolfarm Plug-in Showcase: Boris Continuum BCC Reframer

    Feb 19, 2018

    Boris Continuum BCC Reframer makes vertical video look great quickly and easily, with loads of customization options. It’s is included with Boris Continuum 11 and the Continuum Restoration Unit. This is a quick walkthrough on how it works.

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  • Midweek Motivations: ‘The Fearless are Here’ Winter Olympics Campaign with VFX Breakdown

    Feb 14, 2018

    Along with the amazing athleticism of the competitors, be inspired by some stunning 2D visuals for the BBC Sports 2018 Winter Olympics coverage.

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  • Big Screen Effects: The VFX and Editing of I, Tonya

    Feb 14, 2018

    With the Winter Olympics and the Oscars are coming up in a few weeks, it seemed like the perfect time to talk about “I, Tonya”, which is disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding’s own story. I saw the film right after it came out and it’s very entertaining, and really makes you feel for Tonya Harding and how she was destroyed by the media. The most impressive visual effects in this film involved head replacement of skating doubles, using V-Ray and Maya in the pipeline. We’re also featuring the superb editing of Tatiana Riegel, ACE.

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  • Burning Question: Medical Animations & Tutorials Roundup

    Feb 13, 2018

    The human body is still such an enigma and there are so many technical, yet beautiful, 2D and 3D animations that help to visualize those microscopic mysteries. We had a question about some methods of creating cells and other microscopic elements. First, we have some gorgeous examples to inspire you, followed by a few tutorials for various host applications.

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