Digital Matte Painter Mathieu Raynault, who has worked at ILM,
Imageworks, ESC, The Orphanage and Weta Digital on such projects as the
Lord of the Rings and Matrix sequels, Star Wars Episode II, Gangs of New
York, The Day After Tomorrow and Stuart Little 2, recently launched his
website to showcase some of his work.
Anthony Shafer Helps Women Engineers Win National Competition
Anthony Shafer, a TD at ILM whose credits include Hulk and the Star Wars
prequels, sponsored the University of the Pacific's Society of Women
Engineers (SWE) project for the Boeing Team Tech Competition. The winning
project, called pan2mime, is a movie pre-viz tool.
Maverix Studios, a group of diverese and talented artists, continue to
organize online auctions to help the Tsunami relief effort. Currently up
for auction are pieces by ILM concept artists and directors Aaron McBride,
Alex Jaeger and Erik Dillinger.
VFXBlog conducted an interview with Marc Ostroff, founder, President and
Lead Consultant of Chasm VFX Consulting. He worked as production accountant
at ILM during the production of Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones.
He discusses his stint at ILM and what his job as VFX consultant
The Hollywood Reporter has posted articles about the VFX work in Fran
Miller's Sin City, which includes comments from former ILM member and The
Orphanage (which handled a third of the shots) Stu Maschwitz.
Ballistic Publishing has just announced two new entries in its D'artiste
series of books, one which will focus on Matte Paintings. One of the
authors will be Chris Stoski, who worked at ILM on Star Wars Episode III
Revenge of the Sith, along with Dylan Cole and Alp Altiner.
Recently the Gnomon Workshop released a set of 4 tutorial DVDs by
concept artist Iain McCaig about visual storytelling techniques. Iain
McCaig is a lead concept artist at ILM and JAK Films and has worked on such
projects as the Star Wars prequels.
VFXBlog Interviews Jonathan Rothbart about The Day After Tomorrow
VFXBlog recently conducted an interview with Jonathan Rothbart,
cofounder of The Orphanage, on their work on The Day After Tomorrow. Before
forming The Orphanage he worked on the Rebel Unit at ILM on such projects
as Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace.
VFXWorld recently had an article about the late Robert Abel, who was
recently recognized at the VES Awards because of his contributions to the
field of Computer Graphics and VFX, including the pioneering work on Tron.
Many of his alumni went on to establish the modern VFX industry including
ILM (current and former) members Richard Edlund, Scott Farrar and Kevin
Rafferty, Bill Kovacs cofounder of Wavefront, John Hughes, Keith Goldfarb
and Pauline T'So cofounders of Rhythm and Hues, Richard Hollander cofounder
of VIFX, John Nelson, Tim McGovern and many more.
VFXBlog.com has posted an interview with former ILM matte painter,
currently at Tippett Studio, Kent Matheson. He has worked on such projects
as Men In Black II, The Mummy Returns, Star Wars Episode II, The Matrix
Revolutions, and the soon to be released Son of the Mask.
Animation World Magazine has an interview with stop motion master Henry
Selick. In it he discusses working with Wes Anderson on The Life Aquatic
with Steve Zissou and mentions the work done at the ILM stages.
KongisKing.net has posted a brand new production diary on Peter Jackson
upcoming remake. This installment deal with the recreation of old New York
City via sets and digital means. Former ILM artists Chris White explains
how the CG version is being accomplished.
VFXBlog.com has an interview with digital modeler and painter Bradford
deCaussin of Tippett Studio, who also worked at ILM and Weta Digital on
such projects as Van Helsing, The Lord of the Rings sequels, and is working
on the upcoming Son of the Mask.
VFXWorld is reporting that Debbie Denise has been promoted as Executive
VP of Production Infrastructure and Executive Producer at Imageworks.
Previously she was a VFX Producer at ILM, where she worked on such projects
as Death Becomes Her and Forrest Gump, and joined Imageworks in 1995 along
with Ken Ralston.