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VFXWorld Looks into Changing VFX Industry

by malducin

An article at VFXWorld.com covers the broadening of the VFX industry as well as some of the future challenges, especially in the global economy. ILM Chief Technology Office Cliff Plumer discusses the opening of the Letterman Digital Center at the Presidio in 2005. Pixar, Dreamworks, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and the market in Asia are also analyzed.

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Colum Slevin Discusses Changes in the VFX Industry

by malducin

VFXWorld.com has an article about on how business, creative and technological trends are transforming the VFX industry. Colum Slevin, Director of CG at ILM, talks about work specialization, artists learning newer tools and gaming technologies.

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Kim Libreri Discusses the Future of VFX

by malducin

VFXWorld.com has an article where Kim Libreri, ILM's newest VFX Supervisor, where he gives out 12 predictions for the future of the VFX industry:

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Variety Looks at the Big Picture of Oscar 2004 VFX Race

by malducin

Yahoo! News is reprinting Variety's special coverage on the VFX Academy Awards. Richard Edlund, head of the VFX Branch, discusses the Bake-Off process and the push to one day have that category with 5 nominations, along with John Dykstra. Invisible VFX are also discussed, plus 5 possible nomination candidates: The Day After Tomorrow, Spider-Man 2, I, Robot, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and The Polar Express.

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ILM Helps The Life Aquatic

by malducin

VFXPro.com has an article about the stop motion work in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The animation was shot at the ILM motion control stages and VFX Director of Photography Pat Sweeney assisted in the shoot.

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ILM Members as Extras of Star Wars Episode III

by malducin

The Hyperspace section of the official Star Wars site has an article about pickup shots for Star Wars Episode III where several members from ILM, including VFX Supervisors John Knoll and Roger Guyett and Animation Director Rob Coleman, are being filmed in blue screen to populate the screen.

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War of the Worlds in High Gear

by malducin

Variety is reporting on the incredible time pressures on Steven Spielberg's The War of the Worlds. Known as an efficient shooter, Spielberg will shoot it in 75 days and it's expected by the end of that ILM, under the supervision of Dennis Muren will already be well underway on half of the VFX shots.

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Variety Comments on 2004 VFX Oscar Hopefuls

by malducin

Variety is also running a recap article about the most notable VFX projects of 2004 in anticipation to the VFX Bake-Off for the Academy Awards nominations. The list includes several projects ILM worked on like Van Helsing, The Day After Tomorrow, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Chronicles of Riddick and The Bourne Supremacy, along with Spider-Man 2 and I, Robot.

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Online Interviews with Luke Longin

by malducin

Jérôme Vocanson interviewed Luke Longin, Matchmove Supervisor at ILM, during his recent visit at the Discreetcenter in Belgium for a talk at the School of COmputer Graphics at Hornu.

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Hollywood Reporter Profiles 2004 Oscar VFX Hopefuls

by malducin

The Hollywood Reporter is running a recap article on the movie VFX highlights of 2004. Among the discussed projects that ILM contributed to are Van Helsing, The Day After Tomorrow, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Other projects discussed are Spider-Man 2, I, Robot and The Polar Express.

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CGChannel Profiles Alex Éthier

by malducin

CGChannel recently posted an interview with digital artist and TD Alex Éthier, who has worked at Weta Digital and ILM, on such projects as The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

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Design Graphics Covers ILM Art Department

by malducin

VFXBlog.com is reporting that issue 109 of Design Graphics magazine has an article covering the ILM concept art work for VFX.

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ILM Prepares Shots for Star Wars Episode III Trailer

by malducin

The Hyperspace section of the official Star Wars sites has an article detailing some of the fixes ILM has to do for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. There is already discussion of shots for the first trailer, animation for the initial battle sequence and dailies from the Knoll and Guyett units.

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The Droid Works of Don Bies

by malducin

The official Star Wars site has an article about modelmaker Don Bies and his work constructing and operating the droids for the Star Wars saga, including Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

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ILM Helps Restore Star Wars Trilogy DVD

by malducin

An article about the restoration work for the Star Wars Special Edition Trilogy DVD mentions that ILM also worked on scanning and color correcting the negative before passing it on to Lowry Digital.

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Life Story Covers Star Wars Saga

by malducin

The Life Story magazine has a special Movie Magic issue dedicated to Star Wars. In a section dedicated to the VFX of the saga, John Dykstra and Dennis Muren discuss the work on the original trilogy.

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The History of CG Tracking

by malducin

FXGuide.com is running an article on the history of tracking. Former ILM lead developer J. P. Lewis (now at USC), who wrote one of the earliest trackers at ILM comments on his work and there is also a small reference to MM2, one of the earliest trackers used in VFX work.

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A Brief History of Photoshop

by malducin

The Story Photography website has an old article about the development of Photoshop, by brothers Thomas Knoll and ILM VFX Supervisor John Knoll.

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Official Star Wars Site Shows Wookie Mocap

by malducin

The official Star Wars site, besides revealing the complete title for Star Wars Episode III, has posted quite a bit of info regarding the Wookies that'll appear in the film, including a report on the motion capture session.

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CGNetworks Interview about AnimationMentor

by malducin

CGNetworks is running an interview with Bobby "Boom" Beck (Pixar), Shawn Kelly (ILM), and Carlos Baena (formerly at ILM, now Pixar), founders of the AnimationMentor.com online school. In it they discuss what they intend to accomplish in this new enterprise.

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