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Habib Zargarpour to Reveal "The Next Big Thing"
Habib Zargarpour, Associate Visual Effects Supervisor at ILM, will participate in a Birds of a Feather meeting at SIGGRAPH 2001. Habib was last seen making waves for The Perfect Storm (and getting a nomination for it) and on Episode 1 (mainly in charge of the Pod Race). Currently he is working on the yet to be released Episode 2.
The August issue of Computer Graphics World magazine has devoted a complete article to the FX of Jurassic Park 3. Among the main topics discussed are the ambient occlusion lighting technique (developed for Pearl Harbor), CG plants, the pteranodon canton sequence and the skin and muscle system.
ILM to Talk Summer VFX at the Softimage's User Group Meeting
Not only do people from ILM participate and give talks at the Technical program of SIGGRAPH, but they are also invited by their most important vendors to discuss their recent work and how they used a vendor's specific product. In that tradition Softimage has confirmed that they will have three talks this year at SIGGRAPH 2001.
The last, but not the least, of the ILM Summer movies is Tim Burton's re-interpretation of Planet of the Apes. Mr. Burton has had some history with ILM, as they have provided FX for some of his movies like Mars Attacks and Sleepy Hollow. This time around the VFX were supervised by Bill George and George Murphy, and makeup maestro Rick Baker and his Cinovation Studio provide the ape makeup and prosthetics.
VFXPro.com is reporting that AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) has elected new members to the Board of Governors for several branches, including Visual FX. Jonathan Erland, veteran FX master from both Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind returns to the board. Also AMPAS will screen an historical perspective on FX through the bake off reels, from the 1930s up to the beginning of the CG era in the 1990s. Several current and past ILMers will present the reels like Dennis Muren and Craig Barron.
ILM at Pixar's Users Group Meeting: Stupid RAT Tricks
For the past few years the folks at Pixar have been organizing User Group Meetings during SIGGRAPH. A meeting of RenderMan professionals and enthusiasts, meet to learn about the latest developments from the RenderMan community. Part of the meeting is dedicated to the "Stupid RAT Tricks" (RAT as in RenderMan Artist Tools), formerly known as "Stupid RenderMan Tricks" (it's a joke) and originally organized by Larry Gritz. This year people from ILM will present some nifty tricks, from all the submissions, only five are selected.
The next sequel of the dino saga continues with ex-ILMer Joe Johnston now at the helm. Visual Effects are again provided by ILM under Jim Mitchell's supervision, along with a little help from Matte World Digital, and of course the live action dinosaurs provided by Stan Winston and crew. This time around they concoct a thrill ride which brings elements from both previous films.
Pablo Helman Confirmed as Second Episode 2 FX Supervisor
The official Star Wars site has confirmed (kind of, off the hand comment) that Pablo Helman is the second FX Supervisor onboard for Episode 2, joining FX Supervisor John Knoll and Animation Unit Supervisor Rob Coleman.
One of the most secretive and talked about movie projects has to be AI (Artificial Intelligence), the brainchild of Stanley Kubrick and brought to life by Steven Spielberg, based on Brian Aldiss short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long". The story is a modern reinterpretation of Pinocchio, set in a not so distant future. Long time Spielberg collaborator Dennis Muren was the FX supervisor for ILM, along with Scott Farrar, to bring the contrasting and sometimes surreal settings.