New Feng Zhu, Carlos Huante and Harald Belker Gnomon DVDs
The Gnomon Workshop has announced the release of 3 new sets of concept
art DVDs, one from Feng Zhu, who work on the Star Wars Episode III Art
Department, Carlos Huante, creature designer at ILM whose latest will be
seen in the upcoming Van Helsing, and concept car designer Harald Belker
whose work has been seen on such films as Minority Report.
Cinefex Newsletter Covers Richard Edlund's VFX Work in Angels in America
The first Cinefex newsletter was released today and contains an article
detailing the VFX work of the HBO movie Angels in America, supervised by
former ILM VFX Supervisor and Boss founder Richard Edlund and done by
The VFX Work of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
CGNetworks.com is running an in-depth article on the VFX of The Lord of
the Rings: The Return of the King.Weta Digital VFX Supervisor, and former
ILM Supervisor Joe Letteri, discusses things like the workload, the battle
at the Pelennor Fields, digital environments, and creature work including
the armies, Gollum and Shelob.
A press release by the Gnomon Workshop has announced that they are
partnering with Design Press Studio to create a series of concept art DVDs.
Upcoming titles in this new partnership include a set by ILM Art Director
Carlos Huante, concept artist James Clyne (who worked for ILM for Galaxy
Quest, and in the productions of A.I. and Minority Report), Harald Belker,
John Brown, Neville Page, Mark Goerner, Scott Robertson, plus another new
set by Feng Zhu.
The latest official Star Wars newsletter pointed out a link describing
the book by ILM modelmaker Grant Imahara about building your own battle
bot. Grant Imahara has his own robot called Deadblow (just like Fon Davis'
Mouser Mecha-Catbot, who also assisted on Grant's project), which is in
competition on BattleBots.
The Australian newspaper The Age has posted an article about the
production of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and what the future may hold
for Peter Jackson's filmmaking empire. It mentions that ILM animator Paul
Griffin recently moved to New Zealand betting on the future potential and
projects of Weta Digital.
DeathFall.com is running an interview with animator Carlos Baena, who
worked at Will Vinton and ILM, and is currently at Pixar, fresh from
Finding Nemo, working on The Incredibles. He discusses his career and his
personal projects including Screws.
IGN Filmforce has posted an interview with the legendary Ray
Harryhausen, where he explains how he got started, working almost single
handedly on projects, his opinions towards modern VFX and CG and the
upcoming book on his career.
The Discovery Channel has a new TV show called The MythBusters, with
frequent ILM modelmaker Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of M5 Industries as
hosts, trying to separate fact from fiction from popular urban legends and
The Guardian has posted an article about Ed Catmull and Pixar. It
mentions the origins of Pixar, trying to make it after being spun off
Lucasfilm, their successful string of animated films and his views on 2D
Craig Barron, of Matte World Digital, and author Mark Cotta Vaz have
been awarded the 2002 Theatre Library Association Award for excellence in
writing on film, for their book The Invisible Art about the history and
techniques of matte paintings.
VFXPro.com is reporting that Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
has created the Academy Science and Technology Council. Among members of
the oversight committee will be Visual Effects Governor Bill Taylor
(cofounder of Illusion Arts), visual effects pioneer Ray Feeney, Richard
Edlund (former ILM supervisor, Boss Film founder and Academy VFX branch
governor and Sci-Tech awards chairman) and Jonathan Erland (original Star
Wars VFX member and cofounder of Apogee).
CGNetworks.com is running a profile on concept artists Feng Zhu where he
briefly talks about his career, his inspiration growing up like Star Wars
and Ralph McQuarrie, the new Gnomon training DVDs and some of his
Gnomon Workshop to Release Feng Zhu Concept Design DVDs
The Gnomon Workshop, part of the 3D and VFX school Gnomon, will release
a set of 4 DVDs about concept design by Feng Zhu. He joined the Art
Department for Star Wars Episode 3 where he is working in designing
environments, vehicles and props.
The San Francisco Chronicle website is running and article on the
influence of CalArts has had on modern animation. John Lasseter, who is the
Executive VP of Creative at Pixar and worked at Disney and the Lucasfilm
Computer Graphics Division, discusses the impact the old masters had on him
and the industry. Many key people at Pixar, including director, came from
CalArts like Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), Pete Docter (Monsters Inc.) and
Brad Bird (The Incredibles), Joe Ranft and Ralph Eggleston (For the Birds).
Many current and former people at ILM also come from CalArts including
Animation Supervisors Colin Brady and Tom Bertino, and Robert Blalack (who
worked on the original Star Wars).