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Library Journal Talks to Michael Rubin
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.
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.
Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Knoll Previews Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest VFX Work
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.
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.
John Lasseter at the New York Museum of Modern Art
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.
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.
Jenny Fulle Discusses VFX Globalization; Sheena Duggal on The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
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.
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.
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.