Posts: Behind the Scenes

El Portal del 3D y la Animación Discusses The Day After Tomorrow

by malducin

El Portal del 3D y la Animación is featuring an interview with Mike Chambers, overall VFX Producer for The Day After Tomorrow. In it he discusses the work done by Hydraulx, ILM, Digital Domain, The Orphanage and Tweak Films.

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Millimeter Covers Van Helsing

by malducin

Millimeter magazine is running an article on the creation of the vampire brides in Van Helsing. Doug Smythe, who served as CG Supervisor in the film, discusses filming with the cablecam, matchmoving with MARS, the bluescreen and mocap shoot, animation and the new CG hair system.

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VFXWorld Covers Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by malducin

VFXWorld.com has just posted an extensive article about the VFX work in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It includes discussion of ILM's Dementors, Framestore/CFC's Buckbeak, The Moving Picture Company's Whomping Willow, Cinesite's time travel, and Double Negative's Knight Bus, among many other sequences.

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Post Magazine Covers The Day After Tomorrow

by malducin

Post magazine is running an in depth article on the VFX work of The Day After Tomorrow which discusses the extensive previs work, Hydraulx opening shot, The Orphanage's helicopter crash, Tweak Films and Digital Domain's NY flooding and a brief comment about ILM. The Rendernode website also has interviews with VFX producer Mike Chambers and the Strause brothers of Hydraulx.

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Cinefex 98 Covers Van Helsing, The Day After Tomorrow and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

by malducin

Cinefex issue 98 covers a plethora of projects ILM was involved in, including The Day After Tomorrow, Van Helsing and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, plus Troy done by the top facilities in the UK.

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Animation Magazine Covers Van Helsing

by malducin

The June issue of Animation Magazine has an article with Animation Supervisor Daniel Jeannette discusses the vampire brides, the wolfmen transformations and the use of their proprietary Poseur tool in Van Helsing. Lead animator Tim Harrington briefly mentions the work for Mr. Hyde.

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Videography Magazine Covers Van Helsing

by malducin

The May issue of Videography magazine featured a story on the VFX and finishing work of Van Helsing. ILM VFX Supervisor Scott Squires discusses the Cablecam and R&D work and the vampire brides attack and coach chase sequences.

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MacAddict Covers Van Helsing

by malducin

The June 2004 edition of MacAddict magazine is covering the compositing work on the opening sequence of Van Helsing. Digital compositing artist Todd Vaziri explains how he used a combination of Macs, off the shelf packages like After Effects and proprietary tools to achieve the shots.

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VFXPro Covers Van Helsing

by malducin

VFXPro.com is running an article on the VFX of Van Helsing. VFX Supervisor Scott Squires comments on the vampire brides and coach chase sequences, R&D and the use of OpenEXR, while Syd Dutton of Illusion Arts discusses the digital matte painting work for such shots as the Paris establishing shot and the Vatican interior.

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American Cinematographer Covers Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by malducin

The June 2004 issue of the American Cinematographer magazine has as its cover story Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Cinematographer Michael Seresin discusses the work on the film along with Director Alfonso Cuarón, while VFX Supervisors Roger Guyett and Tim Burke explain some of the bluescreen work, the Dementors, Buckbeak and the Time-Turner sequence.

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ICG Shows Van Helsing Cinematography and VFX Work

by malducin

The International Cinematographers Guild magazine is covering Van Helsing in its latest issue. The work of Director of Photography Allen Daviau is discussed as well as the remote controlled flying camera used to create the aerial vistas for the vampire brides.

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Millimeter Covers The Day After Tomorrow

by malducin

Millimeter magazine is running an article on the VFX work The Orphanage did for the New York big freeze sequence in The Day After Tomorrow. VFX Supervisor Remo Balcells discusses the use of city databases and LIDAR to build the city and the numerous passes and steps needed to achieve the look of the encroaching deadly frost.

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VFXWorld Covers The Day After Tomorrow

by malducin

VFXWorld.com is running an article on the VFX work of The Day After Tomorrow, Overall VFX Supervisor and Producer Karen Goulekas and Mike Chambers (respectively) discuss the work from Digital Domain, Hydraulx's 4,000+ frames opening shot and their space shots, with comments from Colin Strause, The New York big freeze by ILM and The Orphanage, and the onscreen graphics.

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San Francisco Chronicle Shows Van Helsing VFX Work

by malducin

The San Francisco Chronicle website is running an article on the VFX work on Van Helsing. Sequence Supervisors Hayden Landis and Nigel Sumner and VFX Art Director Christian Alzmann explain the process from early design work and reference material to creating the vampire brides and wolf transformations.

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Film and Video Magazine Covers Van Helsing VFX Work

by malducin

The Hollywood Industry magazine, part of Film and Video magazine, has posted online an extensive article on the VFX work from Van Helsing. VFX Supervisor Ben Snow, Animation Supervisor Daniel Jeannette, Art Director Christian Alzmann, R&D Supervisor Craig Hammack, Modeling Supervisor Andrew Cawrse, Technical Animator Lee Fulton, Kevin Wiley and Director Stephen Sommers discuss the concept art, Mr. Hyde, mocap work on the vampire brides, R&D work, the wolfman transformations, miniatures, cinematography and compositing in the film.

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TechTV to Show Van Helsing VFX Work

by malducin

TechTV will have two programs that will show ILM's work on Van Helsing. One will be a segment on Tech Live, showing May 11 and 12, 2004, and a TechTV Special about the film which premieres May 12, 2003.

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American Cinematographer Shows Van Helsing's Vampire Brides

by malducin

The American Cinematographer magazine has as its cover story the work on Van Helsing. VFX Supervisor Scott Squires discusses how the vampire brides were accomplished, including using a Cablecam for location shooting and the simultaneous capture of the body mocap while filming the actresses heads.

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VFXWorld Showcases Van Helsing Animation Work

by malducin

VFXWorld has posted online an article about the animation work ILM did on Van Helsing, which was supervised by Daniel Jeannette. In it he talks about the digital stunt doubles, Frankenstein, the vampire brides, Dracula, Mr. Hyde, previs work, capturing facial and body mocap at the same time, and the Wolfman transformations.

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VFXWorld Takes a Look at Hidalgo

by malducin

VFXWorld is running two articles on the VFX work on Hidalgo, supervised by Tim Alexander, one about the use of previsualization, and an article about the use of motion capture, which also mentions The Polar Express, Van Helsing and The Passion of the Christ.

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Cinefex Newsletter Covers Hidalgo VFX

by malducin

The Cinefex weekly update number 8 covers the VFX work on Hidalgo, supervised by Tim Alexander of ILM.

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