Posts: Behind the Scenes

Official Star Wars Newsletter on ILM's Model Shop

by malducin

The Homing Beacon, the official Star Wars newsletter, issue 81 has as its main story the role of the Model Shop at ILM, with comments from ILM veterans Lorne Peterson and Steve Gawley.

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Cinefex Issue 93 Covers Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by malducin

Cinefex issue 93 is covering Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which ILM along Framestore/CFC, Mill Film and Mill Models, The Moving Picture Company and Cinesite, contributed on the VFX workload. The other projects covered include Adaptation (Digital Domain and Gray Matter FX), Daredevil (Rhythm and Hues, Pixel Magic and Digital Domain) and Star Trek: Nemesis (Digital Domain, Illusion Arts and CIS). There is some confusion as if the next issue (94) will cover The Hulk or the first Matrix sequel.

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T3 Tidbits from Pablo Helman and Stan Winston

by malducin

About.com has an interview with two of the artists involved in the upcoming Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, ILM VFX Supervisor Pablo Helman and FX makeup maestro Stan Winston. While it doesn't go much in depth of the ongoing production it does give some tidbits which can already be seen on the trailers.

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Millimeter Shows the Making of Dobby

by malducin

The February issue of Millimeter magazine has a new article covering Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, this time Dobby the house elf. Doug Smythe, Associate VFX Supervisor, describes what was done to bring Dobby to life, using his introductory scene as an example.

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VFXPro Covers the Three Oscar VFX Nominees of 2002

by malducin

VFXPro.com is presenting three articles about the nominees for Best VFX: Star Wars Episode 2, with VFX Supervisors John Knoll, Ben Snow and Pablo Helman, and Animation Director Rob Coleman, Spider-Man, with VFX Designer John Dykstra, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, with overall VFX Supervisor Jim Rygiel.

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Official Star Wars Newsletter Details Clone War

by malducin

The Homing Beacon issue 78 has an article explaining some of the details that went into the climatic Clone Wars battle of Star Wars Episode 2.

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Millimeter Articles on Harry Potter 2, Catch Me If You Can and The Ring

by malducin

The January issue of the Millimeter website has posted one article about the development of the Quidditch match done by ILM for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, with comments by VFX Supervisor Bill George.

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Hollywood Reporter on the VFX Bake-Off

by malducin

The Hollywood Reporter has a preview of the upcoming Academy VFX Bake-Off. There are comments by Lucas Digital President Jim Morris on the preparations ILM is taking.

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Official Star Wars Newsletter on Geonosis Genesis

by malducin

The Homing Beacon issue 77 main story covers the creation of the Geonosis terrains and landscapes. VFX Supervisor Ben Snow and CG Supervisor Curt Miyashiro explain how photographs, CG terrains (some based in USGS data) and miniatures were combined to create the various vistas.

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AC's Gangs of New York Coverage Online

by malducin

The American Cinematographer website has posted their articles about Gangs of New York, including the collaboration between ILM and Production Designer Dante Ferretti.

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Homing Beacon Features Droid Factory

by malducin

The latest issue of the Star Wars newsletter covers how the droid factory in Geonosis was accomplished. VFX Supervisor Ben Snow explains how the concept for the factory developed.

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HollywoodIndustry Looks into Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets VFX

by malducin

HollywoodIndustry.com is running an article on the VFX of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. VFX Supervisors Jim Mitchell and Bill George, along with Animation Supervisor David Andrews of ILM explain how some of the VFX, like Dobby and the Quidditch match were brought to life. Also discussed is the work by MPC and Framestore/CFC.

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Davi Meny Explains the Clone Hatcheries

by malducin

Issue 75 of the Star Wars beacon, the official Star Wars newsletter, has as its main feature an interview with CG Supervisor David Meny about the creation of the Kaminoan clone factories.

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A Look at Matchmove Supervisor Jason Snell

by malducin

The official Star Wars site has posted an article about Jason Snell, one of ILM's Matchmove Supervisors. You can read about the tracking and matchmoving work involved in Star Wars Episode 2 and how the HD cameras affected the process.

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Rob Coleman Reveals Secrets of Episode 2 Characters

by malducin

The official Star Wars website has an article detailing the work done to create the extensive cast of CG characters, creatures and doubles. You can find how Rob Coleman, Hal Hickel, Chris Armstrong and the animation and technical teams tackled the huge challenge.

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Interview with Lighting TD Riccardo Zanettini

by malducin

3DVF, one of the premiere French 3D sites, has posted an interview with Riccardo Zanettini, a TD at ILM, where he discusses his career and his work as lighting TD in Star Wars Episode 2.

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Star Trek Magazine Shows ILM Work for Search for Spock

by malducin

The December 2002 issue of Star Trek: The Magazine covers the making of Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, which includes coverage on the work by ILM supervised by Ken Ralston, the art direction by Dave Carson and Nilo Rodis, the design of the Bird of Prey by Nilo Rodis and Bill George and even the design work for a cut sequence from the film, the Hall of Ancient Thoughts in Vulcan. Also included are interviews with director Leonard Nimoy and producer Harve Bennett.

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3Dfestival Profiles Tom Bertino and MIB 2 Work

by malducin

3DFestival.com is now running an article on Tom Bertino about the animation work for Men in Black 2, including Jeff the Worm, Serleena, Jarra, and the worm guys.

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AC Articles Online on Lucas, Digital Cinema and ILM VFX Cinematographers

by malducin

The American Cinematographer website has put online its two Episode 2 articles, one an interview with George Lucas about digital cinema, and the other an article on the miniature Directors of Photography at ILM.

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VFXPro Covers Stuart Little 2

by malducin

VFXPro has posted an article about Stuart Little 2, which includes interviews with VFX Supervisor Jerome Chen, and Animation Supervisor, and former ILMer, Eric Armstrong.

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