Posts: ILM

John Berton and Jeff Light are ILM Alumni

by malducin

VFX Supervisor John Berton, last seen in Men in Black II, and Mocap Supervisor Jeff Light, last seen on Pearl Harbor and the Star Wars prequels, are no longer at ILM.

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ILM to Work on Stuck On You and Redesigns Website

by malducin

Just in time for SIGGRAPH 2003, ILM has redesigned and expanded their website. In a surprising revelation, they are announcing they are working on the Farrelly's brothers film Stuck on You. The new website boasts a filmography list, featured photos of the Model Shop, an Upcoming Projects list and several other improvements.

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ILM's Involvement on LXG

by malducin

In a surprising turn of events, we now have confirmation that ILM worked on the VFX for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, under the supervision of Tim Alexander.

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Supervisors John Knoll, Rob Coleman and Jason Snell Head Out to Episode 3

by malducin

The German Star Wars Union website is reporting that VFX Supervisor John Knoll, Animation Director Rob Coleman and Matchmove Supervisor Jason Snell have arrived to Australia for the Star Wars Episode III shoot.

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A First Look inside of ILM's Future Residence?

by malducin

Quezada Architecture, a full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm located in San Francisco, California, is apparently giving the first look at how the interiors of the Letterman Digital Center, where ILM and LucasArts will be located, will look like. It also seems they have been doing work for most other of the Lucas companies.

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Episode 2 Wins Saturn for Best VFX

by malducin

Cinescape has announced the winners for the 29th Saturn Awards and Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones has won the Saturn for Best Special Effects. The winners are John Knoll, Pablo Helman, Ben Snow and Rob Coleman. The other nominated projects were Minority Report, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Spider-Man, and xXx.

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Lucasfilm and ILM Set to Make CG Animated Films

by malducin

Lynn Hale, Lucasfilm's spokeperson, has announced that they will launch Lucasfilm Animation, a division geared towards the production of feature length animated films. While this new division will oversee production, the actual work would be done by a team of people composed mainly from ILM.

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ILM to Work on Master and Commander under Stefen Fangmeier Supervision

by malducin

The Hollywood Reporter has a story on the state of the VFX industry for this year's Summer Releases. But one of the interesting tidbits is that now ILM will help with the VFX overflow for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The main provider is Asylum, but after the doubling of the shots, ILM was called in, the work there will be supervised by Stefen Fangmeier.

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ILM Prepares for Star Wars Episode III

by malducin

The official Star Wars website is reporting that ILM is prepping up to work on Star Wars Episode 3. Rob Coleman commented that they are looking at character models and hints that John Knoll, Ben Snow and Pablo Helman might handle the VFX duties.

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Three ILM Projects Nominated for Saturn Awards for Best VFX

by malducin

Cinescape has announced the list for the Saturn Awards nominees and 3 ILM projects have been nominated for Best VFX: Star Wars Episode II, Minority Report and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, along with the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Spider-Man and xXx.

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VFX Supervisors for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by malducin

Cinefex has put online the list of supervisors for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Roger Guyett of ILM, and Tim Burke of The Mill will serve as overall VFX Supervisors. Reprising their roles are Bill George as the ILM Supervisor, while José Granell, who recently went to Cinesite Europe along with Mill Models at Shepperton, will supervise the miniature shoot.

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Letterman Digital Arts Center at Presidio Gets Started

by malducin

Finally, after so many years of talks, almost starts and controversy, ground has been broken at the Presidio for what will become the Letterman Digital Arts Center, which will house mainly ILM and LucasArts. George Lucas with his kids officially broke ground and the new center is expected to be finished by 2005.

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Star Wars Episode 2 Nominated for Oscar for Best VFX

by malducin

The Oscar nominations for the 2002 film season were announced this morning 8:38am EST by Marisa Tomei and Academy President Frank Pierson. The films nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects are: Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, by ILM, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by Weta, and Spider-Man, by Imageworks. In the Short Animated Films category Eric Armstrong's the ChubbChubbs, by Imageworks, got nominated along with Pixar's Mike's New Car, and the standout SIGGRAPH 2002 animation, The Cathedral.

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ILM to Work on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by malducin

The Cinefex website is confirming that ILM will work on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, under the supervision of Roger Guyett, who also supervised ILM's work on The Philosopher's Stone. The third installment of the series will be directed by Alfonso Cuarón and will be released in 2004.

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The Art Department of Star Wars Episode 3

by malducin

The official Star Wars website has an extensive article on the members of the Star Wars Episode 3 Art Department, many of them veterans from ILM (either interned, or worked on the Art Dept. or Model Shop there), plus a few newcomers. They include: Iain McCaig, Erik Tiemens, Ryan Church, Sang Jun Lee, Derek Thompson, Stian Dahlslett, Feng Zhu, TJ Frame, Warren J. Fu, Alexander Jaeger, Robert E. Barnes, Michael Patrick Murnane, and John Goodson.

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More Details on Lucas Companies Restructuring

by malducin

The San Francisco Chronicle website has a few more details about the Lucas' companies reorganization. Lyne Hale, spokesman for Lucasfilm comments on the situation while former LucasArts game designer Tim Schafer offers his opinion.

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Lucas Companies Reorganize

by malducin

A Lucasfilm press release is announcing that the Lucas empire will reorganize. Now all Lucas companies, including Lucas Digital (ILM and Skywalker Sound) will be run as part of one organization. Gordon Radley will step down as Lucasfilm's President and CFO Micheline Chau will become COO of the new unified organization.

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Three ILM Projects Nominated for BAFTA Best VFX

by malducin

Today BAFTA, the British equivalent of the Oscars, announced their nominees for the best in 2002. Three ILM projects are among the finalists: Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Minority Report. Also nominated was The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by Weta and Spider-Man by Imageworks.

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Steve Sullivan Takes Charge of R&D

by malducin

VFXPro has an article profiling Steve Sullivan, ILM's new Director of R&D, who won a Sci-Tech Oscar for the development of the MARS tracking and matchmoving application.

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Four ILM Projects Headed for 2002 VFX Bake-Off

by malducin

CGChannel.com is the first to report that the Academy has announced the seven films that will compete for this year's VFX Bake-Off (to take place February 5, 2003). There are four projects that had an ILM involvement: Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, Minority Report, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Men in Black 2. Rounding out the hopefuls are The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by Weta, Spider-Man, by Imageworks, and xXx by Digital Domain.

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