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Official Star Wars Site Shows First ILM Episode III Shot

by malducin

The official Star Wars site's Hyperspace section is showing for the first time one of ILM's finals for Star Wars Episode III, along with a report on the progress of the opening sequence. The official site is also announcing an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago which will display several ILM models and miniatures.

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Fast Company Discusses Digital Technology in Movies

by malducin

The Fast Company website is running an article about technology in the film industry. It focuses in particular on ILM, PDI's work on Shrek 2 and indie movie Tarnation by Jonathan Caouette. There is in particular a bit of comment on the Mask sequel and R&D with comments from ILM's Jeff Mann, Cliff Plumer, Steve Sullivan and Christophe Hery, as well as Andy Hendrickson (who was Senior Technology Officer at ILM) from PDI.

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George Lucas Discusses Digital Technology in Millimeter

by malducin

Millimeter magazine posted online an interview in which George Lucas discusses the impact of digital technologies, particularly ILM and digital cinema, the real force behind the revolution: people like John Dykstra, Dennis Muren and Richard Edlund, and how it allows filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Robert Rodriguez fulfill their visions.

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CFQ Covers Van Helsing

by malducin

The latest issue of Cinefantastique has as it's cover story Stephen Sommer's Van Helsing. It includes some coverage on the VFX work provided by ILM under the supervision of Scott Squires and Ben Snow.

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Cinefex Newsletter Covers the End of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

by malducin

Issue 7 of the Cinefex newsletter has an article on the completion of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and the upcoming extended edition DVD and the work been done on King Kong, plus a little speculation that might hint at another ILM project.

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VFXWorld Covers 2003 VES Awards and VFX Supervisors Comment on Oscar Nominees

by malducin

VFXWorld.com has posted double awards coverage: they have one report about the VES Awards and an article where the supervisors of the Oscar VFX nominated films, John Knoll, for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Stefen Fangmeier and Nathan McGuiness, for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Joe Letteri, for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, discuss their competition.

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Film and Video Magazine Profiles VFX Supervisors

by malducin

Film and Video magazine is running an article with 6 of the most prominent VFX Supervisors in conjunction with probably the 6 biggest VFX films of 2003. Interviewed were, from ILM Dennis Muren (Hulk), John Knoll (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and Pablo Helman (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), along with independent VFX Supervisor Mike Fink (X2: X-Men United), Jim Rygiel (overall supervisor of The Lord of the Rings movies) and John Gaeta of EON/ESC (overall production supervisor of the Matrix films).

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The Hollywood Reporter Covers George Lucas and ILM Impact on Film and VES Awards Nominees

by malducin

The Hollywood Reporter is running two articles related to last nights VES Awards. The first is about George Lucas and his numerous contributions to the film industry and the impact ILM has had. It includes comments by Lucas himself, Director Robert Rodriguez, Pixar's top man Ed Catmull, Prequel Producer Rick McCallum and Fox President of Feature Postproduction Ted Gagliano. The second one gives a good rundown of the VES Award nominated projects.

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Hollywood Reporter Looks Back at 2003 VFX

by malducin

The Hollywood Reporter is running a retrospective on the VFX accomplishments for 2003 by focusing on the VFX Bake-Off finalists. It contains brief comments by VFX Supervisors John Knoll and Stefen Fangmeier. There are also sidebars including a bio of VFX Supervisors Tim Alexander and Scott Stokdyk (of Imageworks), plus some of the VFX breakthroughs including ILM's fluid work, Zenviro and the first use of subsurface scattering.

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An Interview with Yanick Dusseault

by malducin

CGChannel has posted an interview with Concept Artist and Matte Painter Yanick Dusseault, who has worked at Weta Digital and ILM and worked on such projects as What Dreams May Come, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Peter Pan and the first two installments of The Lord of the Rings. Currently he's at ILM working on Star Wars Episode III.

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IEEE Profiles Steve Sullivan

by malducin

IEEE's Spectrum magazine latest issue has as its cover story the dream jobs in electrical and electronic engineering for 2004. Steve Sullivan, ILM's R&D Director, is on the cover as one of the featured lucky ones.

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A Conversation with Ryan Church

by malducin

CGChannel.com is running a Q&A session with Ryan Church, Art Director of Star Wars Episode III, timed to the recent release of his Gnomon DVDs. He answers questions about his methodology and painting techniques.

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VFXWorld Describes 2003 VFX Bake-Off

by malducin

VFXWorld.com is running two articles which highlight the most notable VFX projects of 2003, one is a retrospective, while the other is a detailed report of the latest VFX Bake-Off. The latter one also seems to confirm Ed Hirsh is supervising the Mask sequel as it mentions he is on a shoot in Australia.

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Cinefex Newsletter Interviews Richard Edlund

by malducin

Issue 2 of the Cinefex newsletter has an interview with VFX Branch Chairman Richard Edlund by Don Shay, where they discuss the VFX Bake-Off process and this year's results.

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VFXPro Reports on 2003 VFX Bake-Off

by malducin

VFXPro posted an article about the 2003 VFX Bake-Off presentation. All VFX Supervisors and some Animation Supervisors were present for the 7 finalists including Dennis Muren and Colin Brady (Hulk), John Knoll and Hal Hickel (Pirates of the Caribbean), Pablo Helman (Terminator 3), Scott Farrar (Peter Pan), Stefen Fangmeier and Nathan McGuiness (Master and Commander), Jim Rygiel (Lord of the Rings) and Mike Fink (X2).

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Star Wars Newsletter Discusses Christophe Hery Sci-Tech Oscar Win

by malducin

The Homing Beacon issue 102 has as its title story the recent Sci-Tech win for the work on production ready subsurface scattering. Associate VFX Supervisor Christophe Hery, who will receive the award along with former ILM members Joe Letteri and Ken McGaugh, explains a little of the history and concept on the technique, originally started for Star Wars Episode II but used until Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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AI Newsletter Interview with Scott Benza

by malducin

CG student Tom Netzband recently posted an interview with ILM Technical Animation Supervisor Scott Benza. In it Scott discusses his background, his work at ILM, tips for aspiring digital artists and even some numbers regarding ILM's renderfarm.

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CGNetworks Profiles Ryan Church

by malducin

CGNetworks is running an article about Ryan Church, Senior Art Director for Star Wars Episode III. In it he discusses his background, inspiration visual style, getting into the industry and his upcoming training Gnomon DVDs.

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Hollywood Reporter Looks at Late 2003 VFX Films

by malducin

This past Friday, the Hollywood Reporter ran their annual look at the Holiday VFX films, which included looks at a few ILM projects like Peter Pan and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

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Van Helsing Work Startles the Neighbors

by malducin

The Marin Independent Journal is reporting that ILM caused quite a bit of a stir when their pyro work for Van Helsing caught off guard the neighborhood and their emergency services. Apparently the notice about the event didn't reach the local firefighters on time. Witnesses are quoted as saying some sort of large structure was blown up for the film.

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