• 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 Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Media and Entertainment Collection, Avid Media Composer Software - Perpetual License

    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 Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses, Adobe Creative Cloud for Education, Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams & Businesses - All Apps

    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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  • Midweek Motivations: r/AfterEffects Collab 3: Elephant music/lyric video

    Feb 07, 2018 Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses, Adobe Creative Cloud for Education, Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams & Businesses - All Apps

    This music video for Tame Impala’s Elephant was completely created in After Effects by members of the Discord After Effects group. Impressive work! I’ve been on the Discord group for a few weeks now and there’s a lot of interesting After Effects chat and links to inspiring work.

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  • Midweek Motivations: The new Audi A5 2017 Pure Imagination Commercial

    Feb 07, 2018

    People are still talking about the Super Bowl ads but today we’re talking about last year’s stunning ad for the Audi A5 with some incredible futuristic visual effects, v and asking the question,  “What if artificial intelligence could dream?”.

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  • Big Screen Effects: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jan 31, 2018 Autodesk Arnold Render, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Media and Entertainment Collection

    On my birthday the whole family went to see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and it was a wild ride. The effects are insane, especially the extraordinarily realistic CGI animals. Today we’re sharing a lot of great information about how the artists created the animals, plus information on other VFX and sound design.

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  • Midweek Motivation: A Dose of Festive Imagery Using LightMap HDR Light Studio

    Jan 31, 2018 Lightmap HDR Light Studio - Standalone, Lightmap HDR Light Studio for CINEMA 4D

    Artist Chris Boyd from Dose Pictures used CINEMA 4D, Octane Render and HDR Light Studio to bring a young students drawing into a fully realized 3d illustration, for the Holiday Dreams Project.

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  • Burning Question: How Do I Make a Hologram Effect in After Effects?

    Jan 30, 2018 Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses, Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams & Businesses - All Apps, Red Giant Effects Suite

    Holograms have been a popular implement in science fiction films for years, from Princess Leia in Star Wars to Joi in Blade Runner 2049. Holograms are way to show recorded, beamed messages, schematics, 3-dimensional characters, futuristic user interfaces, and they’re now being used in interesting and exciting ways in real life. We’ll start with a few examples, and then some After Effects tutorials dealing with the humble hologram.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Cinematographer/Editor Bobby Hewitt On The Versatility Of Blackmagic Cameras

    Jan 24, 2018 Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K, Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras, Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

    Clint Milby of Indie Shooter talks to Bobby Hewitt, musician-turned-filmmaker, about his post-production work on music videos and commercials, and his love of Blackmagic Design cameras.

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  • Big Screen Effects: Star Wars: The Last Jedi + Oscars 2018 Visual Effects Nominees

    Jan 24, 2018

    We’ve featured 4 of the 5 films that are up for the Academy Awards 2018 Oscar Nominations, but haven’t covered Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet. Most of the people that I know really enjoyed the film, but there were a few who didn’t like it. I have my theories about that, but no one can deny the fantastic VFX that transport you straight to the Star Wars world. Here’s a look at the VFX and effects teams involved in creating the film.

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  • Big Screen Effects: The Shape of Water

    Jan 17, 2018

    The Shape of Water is a gorgeous fantasy/romance from Guillermo del Toro and has 11 Oscar nominations. The film is visually stunning, the color grading is sublime,  and the soundtrack is wonderful. It takes place during the cold war and is a love story about a merman and a mute cleaning lady. Michael Shannon plays a really great villain too!

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  • Midweek Motivations: Mike Patton’s Top 12 ‘Warp-able’ Plugins

    Jan 17, 2018 Waves API 2500 Stereo Compressor, Waves dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter, Waves J37 Tape

    Mike Patton is well-known as the vocalist for Faith No More and Fantômas, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He has had a diverse musical career that includes an fantastic album of Italian retro pop, sung entirely in Italian, in which he is fluent. He has done soundtracks, including scoring the new Stephen King adaption, 1922, on Netflix. He also has title of being the singer with the widest vocal range (over 6 octaves!), quite a bit more than Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey! But the reason I’m posting about him is his love of audio plug-ins. Here are some examples of his work with a range, from punk to atmospheric, and the Waves plug-ins he has used to create his diverse sound.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Quixel Megascans in Neill Blomkamp’s “Adam” + Download the Adam Assets!

    Jan 17, 2018 Quixel DDO, Quixel NDO, Quixel Suite

    Neill Blomkamp is a prominent South African director/writer of hit films like Elysium, District 9, and Chappie. He has been using Unity’s real-time rendering features with his short films in association with Quixel Megascans, an massive library of high-res vegetation and natural PBR scans for games, visualization and VFX.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Negative Space Trailer + Interview

    Jan 10, 2018 Dragonframe

    Negative Space, directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata (Ikki Films), is a funny stop motion film that is a contender for for best animated short in the 2018 Academy Awards.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Art of the Title: Top Ten Title Sequences of 2017

    Jan 10, 2018

    Art of the Title editors have chosen the Top Ten Title Sequences of 2017 from among film, television, video games, web series, and conferences.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Film Academy Announces 10 Animated Shorts Advancing in Oscar Race

    Jan 03, 2018

    The 90th annual Academy Awards are coming March 4, 2018. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 animated short films that will advance in the voting process.

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  • Big Screen Effects: Loving Vincent with Making Of + Behind the Scenes

    Jan 03, 2018 RE:Vision Effects Video Gogh, Red Giant ToonIt, Sheffield Softworks Artitude

    Loving Vincent, written and directed by filmmakers by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is the world’s first fully painted feature film. I saw it over the weekend and it is a gorgeous film which takes place the year after Vincent Van Gogh died and explores what happened to him in his last days. Loving Vincent is up for Best Motion Picture - Animated and also a likely contender for an Oscar nomination, announced later this month.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Holograms in New Dimensions in Testimony and Full “116 Cameras” Documentary

    Jan 03, 2018

    This is a very interesting use of interactive hologram technology to preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors, many who are in their 70s and 80s. Anne Frank’s stepsister, 88-year-old Eva Schloss, a survivor of Auschwitz, has been made into a hologram so that future generations may hear her moving story. The film was shown in New York during Eyewitness: Presenting the Holocaust on Film.


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  • News: The Making of ‘The Ningyo’ with Chaos Group V-Ray

    Dec 28, 2017 Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Maya LT, Autodesk Media and Entertainment Collection

    How Two VFX Artists Created an Award-Winning Short Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film in their Living Room

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  • Inspirations: Showreel/Demo Roundup 2017

    Dec 28, 2017 Autodesk 3ds Max, Boris Continuum - Perpetual License, Boris Mocha Pro

    We have compiled some of our favorite showreels and demo reels from 2017. Take a look, get inspired, start creating!

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