Posts: ILM

Three ILM Projects Nominated for Golden Satellite Awards

by malducin

The International Press Academy has recently announced their nominees and three ILM projects have been selected for Best Visual Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Also nominated are The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Last Samurai and Kill Bill: Vol. 1.

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ILM Starts Working on First Star Wars Episode III Sequence

by malducin

The official Star Wars website has just posted that George Lucas has just delivered the first reel to ILM for major VFX work. This is for the opening space battle the first major sequence to be tackled by VFX Supervisor John Knoll and company.

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ILM Wins 2003 Sci-Tech Oscar for Subsurface Scattering

by malducin

The Academy Awards has just announced the recipients of the Sci-Tech Awards. ILM VFX Associate Supervisor Christophe Hery, along with Weta Digital VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri and Ken McGaugh (both formerly from ILM) won an Academy Certificate for their work on practical subsurface scattering for film embodied on such creations as Dobby and Gollum.

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ILM Discusses VFX Bake-Off Finalists

by malducin

The Marin Independent Journal has posted an article on the significant presence ILM has on the VFX Bake-Off finalists. Ellen Pasternak, head of PR at ILM gives some comments including the size of the crew for Peter Pan. Very tantalizing is also the fact that they are currently working on 7 projects to be released through the end of 2005.

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ILM Looks at India for Outsourcing

by malducin

The Economic Times at the India Times is reporting that ILM is looking at India to outsource some of the VFX and animation work to India. Associate VFX Supervisor Samir Hoon comments on some of the reasons and plans ILM is looking at the Indian market.

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Five ILM Projects Headed for 2003 VFX Bake-Off

by malducin

Cinescape is announcing the 7 finalists for the Academy's VFX Bake-Off. ILM was involved in 5 of the 7 finalists and include: The Hulk, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Peter Pan. The other 2 finalists are X2: X-Men United and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

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The Animatics Team of Star Wars Episode III

by malducin

The official Star Wars website is running a feature on the Star Wars Episode III Animatics team headed by Dan Gregoire. The article includes a bit of background on all the 12 artists, how they got the job and are working on, and some of their favorite moments from the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Star Was Episode III VFX Work Ramps Up

by malducin

The official Star Wars website and newsletter are reporting that work at ILM for Star Wars Episode III is ramping up. At the moment the main emphasis is on getting a rough cut while ILM starts building assets and building up the VFX teams.

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Pablo Helman Joins Master and Commander and Eric Brevig Joins Peter Pan

by malducin

Cinefex has confirmed that Pablo Helman is also working along Stefen Fangmeier on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Eric Brevig is contributing on Peter Pan along Scott Farrar, with animation supervised by Jenn Emberly. Cinefex also lists more facilities contributing to both projects: Pacific Title & Art, Cafe FX and Digital Backlot for Master and Commander, while Imageworks and R!ot are involved in Peter Pan.

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Lucasfilm Animation Prepares to Hire

by malducin

Red Herring magazine is running an article on Lucasfilm Animation, currently housed at ILM, which mainly deals with the state of the computer animated films industry. But most tantalizing of all is that Lucasfilm has recently posted a list of at least 75 position they will be hiring for the new company, from writers and directors to animators, mocap technicians, TDs and editors.

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ILM's Work on the Indiana Jones DVDs

by malducin

Movie fans have long waited for the release of the Indiana Jones trilogy on DVD, which were finally released this past Tuesday. Much has been said about the superb image quality thanks to the cleanup work by Lowry Digital but ILM was also involved, apparently in fixing some minor issues.

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ILM to Work on The Mask Sequel

by malducin

The official ILM website posted a document on Mark Miller's promotion to VP and Senior Executive in Charge of Production (noted here several weeks ago). But it also seems to confirm that ILM will indeed work on The Mask sequel (tentatively titled Son of the Mask), which was previously hinted by Tom Bertino at SIGGRAPH 2003.

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LA Recruiting Trip Deadline Approaches

by malducin

Even though it has been a month since ILM has announced their recruiting trip to Los Angeles there is still time to apply for a position there.

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Update on Presidio Complex Construction

by malducin

The San Francisco Chronicle recently published a quick rundown on the construction at the Presidio. Lucasfilm COO Micheline Chau even comments that there is a possibility for them to lease space at the Letterman complex.

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Star Wars Episode 3 Ends Shooting and Pablo Helman Confirmed

by malducin

The Homing Beacon, the official Star Wars newsletter, reported that principal photography for Star Wars Episode III was completed on September 17, 2003. Now the work will shift to postproduction like editing and the VFX work at ILM. The newsletter also confirms Pablo Helman as the second VFX Supervisor onboard for the project.

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ILM to Work on The Day After Tomorrow, 2 VFX Supes Confirmed, Cinefex Covers T3

by malducin

Issue 95 of Cinefex will cover the VFX work in The Matrix Reloaded (ESC), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (ILM was the main provider, also R!ot, Digiscope and others), Seabiscuit (Imageworks, The Orphanage and Pixel Playground among others) and Spy Kids 3D: Game Over (Hybride, The Orphanage, CIS and ComputerCafe among others). Next issue will have coverage on 2 ILM projects: Peter Pan (Scott Farrar is the VFX Supervisor and Digital Domain has also been brought in) and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Stefen Fangmeier is the ILM Supervisor, Nathan McGuinness of Asylum is the primary VFX Supervisor while Weta Workshop was also involved), plus coverage of the eagerly anticipated Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by Weta. Most interesting is that the entries for ILM's future projects have been updated. Finally they list ILM for Master and Commander and confirm VFX Supervisors Bill George for Stuck on You, Eric Brevig for the Blackout Murders, and most surprising of all, Jim Mitchell for a new ILM project The Day After Tomorrow, whose overall supervisor is Karen E. Goulekas and Digital Domain is the primary provider under the supervision of Matthew Butler (in an arrangement a bit similar to The Time Machine).

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Mark Miller Promoted to VP of Production

by malducin

VFXPro.com is reporting that veteran Mark Miller has been promoted as Vice President and Senior Executive in Charge of Production at ILM and is currently producing the VFX for Hidalgo and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Article: A Tour of ILM

by malducin

On Monday June 17, 2002, after the VES Festival ended, I had the honor and pleasure of going to ILM on a tour of the facilities. While much has been said and written about ILM, it still remains a place of wonder and mystery. I had previously been at ILM on unrelated business but this is the first time that I was able to see many of the their most guarded secrets.

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Photos of the Letterman Digital Complex Construction

by malducin

After SIGGRAPH 2003 I had the opportunity to visit the Bay area for a couple of days visiting friends. As many others, I was curious about ILM's future home, the Letterman Digital Arts Center complex at the Presidio, near the Golden Gate Bridge. George Lucas broke ground early this year and the work is apparent even from far away.

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ILM to Work on Once Upon a Time in Mexico and The Blackout Murders

by malducin

During SIGGRAPH 2003 I had a chance to check out what ILM was up to and was fortunate enough to learn about two other projects ILM is working on. They are working on Robert Rodriguez' Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the follow up to El Mariachi and Desperado, and on The Blackout Murders, directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Ashley Judd.

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