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Library Journal Talks to Michael Rubin

by malducin

Library Journal has an interview with Michael Rubin, author of Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution, about his time working at Lucasfilm and DroidWorks. There's also a short review of Ray Morton's King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson.

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Review: Cheaper by the Dozen 2

by malducin

In Cheaper by the Dozen 2, director Adam Shankman has the Baker clan get together one last time for a family vacation during Labor Day weekend where they encounter the Murtaugh clan intent on showing off they're the better family. ILM contributed some VFX work to enhance this family comedy.

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Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by malducin

Director Andrew Adamson faced the titanic task of bringing to life the classic C.S. Lewis children's tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. To bring the tale tale of good vs evil in a land of talking animals and fantastic creatures to life, Overall VFX Supervisor Dean Wright assembled a team composed of Rhythm and Hues, Imageworks and ILM among others.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by malducin

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire represents a transition point for the franchise about the boy wizard. Not only does he have to finally confront his nemesis while dealing with puberty, but the series for the first time has been handled by a British director, Mike Newell. Jim Mitchell and Tim Burke once again serve as Overall VFX Supervisors of an all star VFX cast that includes ILM, Framestore/CFC, MPC, Double Negative, Cinesite Europe, Rising Sun Pictures, The Orphanage, BUF and Animal Logic.

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Review: Chicken Little

by malducin

Mark Dindal's Chicken Little, the story of a chicken that cries that the heaven is falling, marks Disney's departure from their classic 2D (cell) films into computer generated ones. ILM, under the supervision of Joel Aron, helped create the 3D (stereo) version of the film.

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Rob Coleman Discusses Digital Yoda Preparations

by malducin

The official Star Wars newsletter, The Homing Beacon, issue 149 has an interview with Animation Director Rob Coleman where he discusses the preparations to create the performance of the digital Yoda. The official site also has an article about Lead Animator Virginie Michel d'Annoville's work for an Easter Egg in the Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith DVD.

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ILM on Munich and Cheaper by the Dozen 2

by malducin

ILM did some work on Steven Spielberg's Munich, supervised by Pablo Helman, and Adam Shankman's Cheaper by the Dozen 2.

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John Knoll Previews Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest VFX Work

by malducin

ComingSoon.net and FilmForce IGN visited the sets of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. VFX Supervisor John Knoll mentions that the film will contain about 800 VFX shots and what we can expect to see.

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Lucasfilm Animation Singapore Opens

by malducin

The official Star Wars site announced that Lucasfilm Animation Singapore officially opened on October 26, 2005. Animation Director Rob Coleman has become Animation and Development Director of this facility.

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CGSociety and VFXWorld Cover Chicken Little

by malducin

CGSociety has a small writeup on the 3D version of Chicken Little, which ILM contributed on, while VFXWorld has an interview with Digital Production Supervisor Joel Aron.

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Jarhead Production Notes Online

by malducin

The website for Sam Mendes' Jarhead contains the production notes for the film where VFX Supervisor Pablo Helman discusses the work ILM did for the film.

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John Lasseter at the New York Museum of Modern Art

by malducin

John Lasseter, former member of the Lucasfilm CG Group and cofounder of Pixar, will give a presentation at the New York Museum of Modern Art Friday December 16, 2005 at 6:30pm about the creative process at Pixar. The museum will have a Pixar retrospective exhibit from December 14, 2005 till February 6, 2006.

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The Digital Bits Tours Skywalker Ranch and the Presidio

by malducin

DVD site The Digital Bits visited both Skywalker Ranch and The Letterman Digital Arts Center for the Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith press event.

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Phil Tippett and eDIT/VES 2005 Festival Reports

by malducin

VFXWorld has a report on the eDIT 8 Filmmaker's Festival and VES Festival Europe, including coverage of Festival Honors award for Phil Tippett and some of the sessions including the one for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Phil Tippett also discusses his career at the EDIT 8 website.

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Jenny Fulle Discusses VFX Globalization; Sheena Duggal on The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

by malducin

Jenny Fulle, Executive VP of Production at Imageworks and who briefly worked at ILM in the late 80s, has written an article at VFXWorld about the effects of globalization in the VFX industry. Sheena Duggal, VFX Supervisor at Imageworks and who also worked at ILM in digital compositing discuses the VFX work for The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio at VFXBlog.

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Full Trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

by malducin

NarniaWeb announced the latest trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe while Coming Soon has the the TV spots for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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The Orphanage Creates Animation Studio

by malducin

The Orphanage, founded by former ILM members Jonathan Rothbart, Scott Stewart, and Stewart Maschwitz, recently announced the creation of Orphanage Animation Studios and have hired acclaimed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky to lead it.

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Brian Van't Hul Discusses King Kong Miniatures

by malducin

Brian Van't Hul, who briefly worked at ILM, is featured on the King Kong webdoc dealing with the the miniatures shoot along with Supervising Director of VFX Photography Alex Funke and others.

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Star Wars Site Covers Ghostbusters II VFX

by malducin

The Hyperspace section of the official Star Wars site has posted the Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine #8 which includes coverage of ILM's work in Ghostbusters II. Tim Lawrence, who was Creature Makeup Effects Supervisor for the show, comments on the creation and performance of Slimer.

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PFScalibration Supports OpenEXR

by malducin

PFScalibration, a package for the photometric calibration of cameras and for the recovery of high dynamic range (HDR) images, has recently been released and it supports the OpenEXR format.

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