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ILM Working on Mission: Impossible 3

by malducin

ILM will provide VFX for J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible 3, under the supervision of Roger Guyett, and is slated to open May 2006.

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Millimeter Covers Film Rendering Technology

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Millimeter magazine is running an article about the state of the art in rendering in feature films, both VFX and animated. Associate VFX Supervisor Christophe Hery, along with representatives from Digital Domain, Imageworks, Rhythm and Hues, Double Negative, PDI/Dreamworks, Blue Sky Studios, Pixar, Hammerhead, Mental Images, Splutterfish and NVIDIA discuss the current practices, the challenges and what the future might bring.

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Official Star Wars Newsletter Discusses Star Wars Episode III Animation

by malducin

The official Star Wars newsletter, The Homing Beacon, issue 143 has some details on the animation work on Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith from Animation Director Rob Coleman.

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VFXWorld Interviews Ron Fedkiw and Stephan Trojansky

by malducin

VFXWorld.com has an interview with Ron Fedkiw, Stanford Associate Professor and ILM consultant, and Stephan Trojansky of Scanline Production GmbH about their work in fluid dynamics. Prof. Fedkiw mentions how his PhysBAM has been incorporated into Zeno which might be used in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Eragon and Poseidon while Stephan Trojansky discusses his Flowline software.

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More Footage of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by malducin

Extra TV recently showed a preview of Mike Newell's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Jim Mitchell of ILM serves as Overall VFX Supervisor with Cinesite Europe, ILM, The Moving Picture Company, Framestore/CFC, Rising Sun Pictures and The Orphanage contributing work. Tim Alexander serves as Supervisors for ILM's part.

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ILM Site Shows Star Wars Episode III Work

by malducin

The official ILM website has linked to the interviews with VFX Supervisor Roger Guyett and Model Supervisor Brian Gernand and posted several behind the scenes pictures showing the miniature, concept art and digital work for Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

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ILM Presence at eDIT/VES 2005

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The program for the eDIT/VES 2005 event has recently been posted and ILM will give two presentations covering their work on about Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith and War of the Worlds. Other high profile VFX projects include Batman Begins and Kingdom of Heaven (MPC), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Overall Supervisor Nick Davis), The Brothers Grimm (Peerless) and Sin City (CafeFX). Also Phil Tippett will discuss animation.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit? VFX Work at Star Wars Site

by malducin

The Hyperspace section of the Star Wars site has posted online an article about the VFX work in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? VFX Supervisor Scott Farrar discussed such things as using a moving camera, the animation work, and integrating the animated characters into shots.

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CGChannel and VFXBlog Cover Star Wars Episode III Previs

by malducin

CGChannel.com and VFXBlog.com have articles detailing the previsualization work in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith.The members from the Lucasfilm previs department have gone to found a couple of companies: Halon Entertainment and The Third Floor.

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VFXWorld Covers SIGGRAPH 2005 Animation Festival

by malducin

VFXWorld.com has a report of the SIGGRAPH 2005 Animation Festival which includes comments on the two ILM pieces shown in the Electronic Theatre, the clips from Digital Domain's Stealth and DreamWorks' Madagascar, and such acclaimed pieces as Shane Acker's 9, Blur's Gopher Broke and Platige Image's Fallen Art.

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ILM SIGGRAPH 2005 T-Shirts on Sale

by malducin

The official Star Wars online store will be selling the ILM SIGGRAPH 2005 t-shirts. The t-shirts come in two versions: Rebel or Light Side and Imperial or Dark Side.

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Krita Adds OpenEXR Support

by malducin

Krita, a painting and image editing application for KOffice, has added support for OpenEXR.

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First Trailer for Jarhead

by malducin

Yahoo! Movies has just put online the first trailer for Sam Mendes' Jarhead, based on the real life account by Anthony Swofford of Marines during the first Gulf War. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Cooper and Dennis Haysbert, with VFX under the supervision of Pablo Helman.

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Pablo Helman Discusses War of the Worlds

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El Portal del 3D y la Animación has an interview with VFX Supervisor Pablo Helman about the work on War of the Worlds. In it he discusses topics like the new ILM pipeline, the design and animation of the tripods, the disintegration effects, the freeway escape sequence, the aliens and a preview of the work in Jarhead.

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Dan Taylor Joins Digital Domain

by malducin

Animation Supervisor Dan Taylor recently left ILM and has just joined Digital Domain.

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AMD Processors at New Presidio Facility

by malducin

AMD issued a press release about the use of their Opteron processors at the Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio. ILM Chief Technology Officer Cliff Plumer, who gave a presentation about this during SIGGRAPH 2005, comments why they chose AMD.

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SIGGRAPH 2005 Coverage

by malducin

Several websites, including the official Star Wars site, Millimeter magazine, CGNetworks, VFXWorld and the Cinema Tech Blog have posted reports about the George Lucas keynote and the Star Wars retrospective special session, with Dennis Muren, John Knoll and Rob Coleman, which took place during SIGGRAPH 2005.

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Mark A.Z. Dippé Joins Rhythm and Hues

by malducin

VFXWorld.com is reporting that Mark A.Z. Dippé has just joined the commercials division of Rhythm and Hues. Mark Dippé worked at ILM in the late 80s and mid 90s, where he helped establish ILM's CG department after the Pixar spinoff, and worked in such projects as The Abyss, T2 and Jurassic Park.

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The Making of Willow at the Official Star Wars Site

by malducin

The Hyperspace section of the official Star Wars site recently posted the articles dealing with Willow that appeared on the fan club magazine. Senior VFX Supervisor Dennis Muren discusses the VFX work including the Brownies, the appearance of the Fairy Queen Cherlindrea and the "morphing" sequence.

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ILM Incorporates ZBrush

by malducin

Pixologic, makers of the ZBrush modeling and painting application, have announced that ILM has integrated it into their modeling and art pipeline. CTO Cliff Plumer mentions some of the features that made them incorporate it at ILM.

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