Digital Artist Todd Vaziri took some time from his busy schedule to talk
to ILMfan about the VFX work in J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III, which
was supervised by Roger Guyett. Todd, who served as Sequence Supervisor for
the bridge sequence, discusses the many challenges of creating the
invisible shots in the film.
It's sadly being reported that Arthur Widmer, a pioneer in the area of
optical composting and bluescreen technology, has just passed away at the
age of 92. He was recognized in 2005 with a SciTech for his
The Ledger has an extensive article on the career of Ray Harryhausen and
highlights the recently published The Art of Ray Harryhausen book. Senior
VFX Supervisor Dennis Muren, George Lucas and others comment on
Harryhausen's influence in cinema.
John Bruno, who worked at ILM on Poltergeist, and Warren Franklin, who
was General Manager at ILM in the 80 and is now President of Rainmaker,
have been interviewed for their latest projects, X-Men: The Last Stand and
The Da Vinci Code, respectively.
The official Star Wars site is reporting that Cream magazine, a Hong
Kong design periodical, will have articles on ILM and Lucasfilm Animation
featuring Senior VFX Supervisor Dennis Muren, Animation Director Rob
Coleman, VFX Art Director Wilson Tang, VFX Supervisor Tim Alexander and
producer Rick McCallum.
ILM members will be presenting 4 sketches at SIGGRAPH 2006 covering such
projects as Poseidon and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Other
studios presenting sketches include Pixar, Digital Domain, MPC, Blue Sky
Studios, PDI/DreamWorks Animation, Weta Digital and Rhythm and Hues.
VFXWorld has an extensive article on the inhouse fluid simulation tools
developed by ILM and Stanford, and used in Poseidon and Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and Flowline developed by Scanline and used by
MPC on Poseidon. VFX Supervisor Kim Libreri, Ron Fedkiw, Cliff Plumer,
Stephan Trojansky and Boyd Shermis comment on the challenges and
The Visual Effects Society has released the full schedule of the VES
2006 Festival which will include a session about Poseidon. ILM Senior VFX
Supervisor Dennis Muren will be a panelist covering the art of animation.
Also noteworthy is that the VES schedule has been moved up one day.
The May issue of American Cinematographer magazine has coverage of J.J.
Abrams' Mission: Impossible III, which mentions some of ILM's work. Also
CGW and Film and Video magazines have extensive coverage of ILM's work in
Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon.
The Wall Street Journal has an extensive article on the rising costs of
films and the ever increasing budgets for VFX work. It includes comments
from Animation Supervisor Hal Hickel on the Pirates of the Caribbean 2
work, VFX Supervisor Tim Alexander on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,
The Poseidon VFX, 911 calls and facilities like Imageworks and
Digital Domain has announced that it has been acquired by Wyndcrest
Holdings LLC, an investment group led by director Michael Bay and investor
John Textor. Scott Ross, the former head of ILM and CEO of Digital Domain
is stepping down, though he will remain as consultant.
FXGuide has an article and podcast detailing some of the VFX work ILM
did on Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon, including the digital ship on the
opening shot and the fluid simulations of the wave crash. Stanford
Assistant Professor, and consultant for ILM, Ron Fedkiw talks about some of
the research involved.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that SGI has filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy protection. In very sad news Richard "Doc" Baily, a
pioneering CG artist that contributed to such films as Fight Club and
Solaris, unexpectedly passed away April 20, 2006. And Pixar takeover by
Disney has been finalized.