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Christophe Hery at fmx/06
VFX Supervisor and Lead R&D Engineer Christophe Hery will give a presentation will give a talk about synthesizing human skin at the fmx/06 Conference, on Friday May 05, 2006 5-6pm. There will be presenters from studios like Imageworks, Pixar, DreamWorks, Double Negative, Rhythm and Hues, Scanline, Aardman, Framestore CFC, The Moving Picture Company, Weta Digital, Digital Domain, The Orphanage, Kleiser-Walczak and Disney.
The Cirne website has video clips of the recent Digital Film Revolution event for the Commonwealth Club of California. ILM VFX Supervisor John Knoll, The Orphanage co-founder Stu Maschwitz, PDI co-founder Richard Chuang and Wild Brain co-founder Jeff Fino were the panelists.
Joe Letteri Discusses King Kong; John Lasseter Talks Career
MovieWeb has an interview with former ILM member and Weta Digital VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri about his work in King Kong, while Millimeter magazine has an extensive interview with John Lasseter and comments from Jim Morris from the 2005 VES Awards.
IGN, Next Generation and GameDaily Biz magazines have coverage on the presentation Chris Williams of LucasArts and ILM R&D Director Steve Sullivan gave at the 2006 Game Developers Conference. They discussed how a unified pipeline, based around ILM's Zeno, has streamlined work at both companies.
The March 2006 issue of Computer Graphics World has an article detailing the network attached storage (NAS) infrastructure at the Letterman Digital Arts Center. Systems Developer Michael Thompson details some the challenges involved.
The Hyperspace section of the official Star Wars site has an article of the VFX work in Terminator 2: Judgement Day that originally appeared in the Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine #15, back in 1992. VFX Supervisor Dennis Muren, Concept Artist Doug Chiang, CG artists Steve "Spaz" Williams and Mark A.Z. Dippé and Director James Cameron comment on the groundbreaking work.
Hollywood Futures Interviews Dennis Muren and Chrissie England
The Hollywood Futures site has video interviews with Senior VFX Supervisor Dennis Muren and ILM President Chrissie England where they discuss their careers, the nature of their jobs and advice and discussion on the VFX business.
Jim Mitchell and Theresa Corrao Form Door 44 Films
VFX Supervisor Jim Mitchell and VFX Producer Theresa Corrao have formed their own film company named Door 44 Films in London. Jim Mitchell's last project at ILM was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as one of the overall supervisors.
Producer Ian Bryce, who briefly worked at ILM in the late 80s as a Production Manager, has just confirmed that Scott Farrar will supervise the work for Michael Bay's Transformers movie, slated for a 2007 release.
George Lucas Discusses Digital Cinema, Future Plans and Indy 4
Time's online edition has an extensive interview with Director George Lucas about his career, the future of cinema, pre-vis and the impact of companies like Pixar and ILM and the planned Indiana Jones 4 film.
Star Wars Site and Newsletter Cover Pixar History and Darth Vader Suit
The official Star Wars newletter issue 157 details the challenges ILM Model Maker Don Bies and his crew while recreating and shooting the Darth Vader suit for Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The Hyperspace section of the official site has the Variety article narrating how Ed Catmull, Alvy Ray Smith, John Lasseter and the Lucasfilm Graphics Group got spun off as Pixar.
Habib Zargarpour at Film and Games Experience Event
The Visual Effects Society and the Los Angeles SIGGRAPH Chapter are sponsoring the "Experiential Narrative in Games and Film" on March 25, 2006 10am at the Digital Cinema Laboratory at the Pacific Hollywood Theater. Former ILM VFX Supervisor and current EA Art Director Habib Zargarpour will be one of the panelists.
XSI Base has an extensive report on Softimage's launch event of their Face Robot system. ILM Lead Creature TD Andy Buecker and former ILM members Dave Andrews, Bradley Gabe and Alex Lindsay, along with representatives Rhythm and Hues, Stan Winston Digital, Electronic Arts and PSYOP among others, were in attendance.