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ILM Dazzles at the VES 2001 Festival

by malducin

The recently concluded VES 2001 Festival of Visual Effects concluded this past Sunday, June 24, 2001. Again this year several ILM projects were showcased and several other current and former ILM guys were on hand presenting their magic. The two main ILM projects that were presented was the work on The Mummy Returns and Pearl Harbor, both big events at the festival. But probably nothing was more impressive than the Star Wars (original) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind reunion, a virtual who's who of FX pioneers.

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ILM Interviews Art Director Alex Laurant

by malducin

The official ILM site has posted a new profile interview with Alex Laurant, Art Director at ILM.

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CGW Covers Pearl Harbor FX

by malducin

Computer Graphics World magazine has just put online their article covering the FX of Pearl Harbor, from the June 2001 issue.

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Lucas Interview Discusses Episode 2 Digital Filming

by malducin

The latest issue of Film and Video magazine has an article about George Lucas use of the Sony digital cameras to shoot Episode 2 and it's impact on the industry.

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Lucasfilm Officially Announces Episode 1 DVD

by malducin

The official Star Wars site has announced that the DVD of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is finally on its way. Not only is the film in anamorphic widescreen included, but also tons of extras, including behind the scenes look at ILM's work. The release date is set for October 16, 2001.

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ILM to Work on Spielberg's Minority Report

by malducin

As expected, ILM will provide VFX for Spielberg's latest film, currently still shooting. VFXPro has confirmed ILM's involvement.

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ILM at SIGGRAPH 2001: Preview 4, Computer Animation Festival

by malducin

SIGGRAPH has finally released the list of all the accepted pieces for the Computer Animation Festival, and ILM has four pieces accepted, all to the Electronic Theatre.

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Official Newsletter Mentions Episode 2 FX Work

by malducin

Homing Beacon, the official newsletter from StarWars.com has a brief mention on Lucas spending his time at ILM, titled Snap Decisions.

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Official Star Wars Site Profiles Art Department Coordinator

by malducin

The official Star Wars site has a new feature profiling the work of Fay David, coordinator of the Art Department at Lucasfilm, currently working on Episode II and having started as PA for ILM.

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Softimage Talks about ILM Work on The Mummy Returns

by malducin

Softimage, one of the FX software powerhouses, has an article about ILM's work on The Mummy Returns with special emphasis on the use of Softimage 3D in different sequences.

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VFXPro Discusses ex-ILMers Work for John Frankenheimer's Ambush

by malducin

VFXPro has a new article detailing the work undertaken by Radium for the John Frankenheimer short film available at BMWFilms.com. The VFX were supervised by Andrew Hardaway, an ILM alumnus.

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Premiere Magazine Discusses Summer 2001 FX

by malducin

The July 2001 issue of Premiere magazine discusses some of the amazing FX sequences movie going audiences can expect to see this Summer. Being a year where ILM has been very busy, several of the films they worked on are discussed.

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FineScale Modeler Covers Pearl Harbor Miniatures

by malducin

The latest issue of the FineScale Modeler magazine has a new article with plenty of photos of the models and miniatures built by ILM for Pearl Harbor.

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ILM at SIGGRAPH 2001: Preview 3, Sketches and Applications

by malducin

ILM has a strong showing at this year's Sketches and Application venue, part of the technical program at the Conference. Several members of ILM are present, both as the session chair and presenting some of their amazing behind the scenes work. Topics this year include talks on projects like Pearl Harbor, AI, Jurassic Park 3, The Mummy Returns and the alien Bud Super Bowl commercial.

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VFXPro Discusses The Mummy Returns FX

by malducin

The VFXPro website has finally posted an article detailing the FX work by ILM for The Mummy Returns.

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TechTV's Fresh Gear Visits ILM

by malducin

The ever popular Fresh Gear TV show, part of TechTV, paid a visit to ILM in its recent show. We get a look at ILM's render farm plus talk about The Mummy Returns and Pearl Harbor's FX. Includes a nice interview with ILM FX magician Ed Kramer.

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Brief Peek of Pearl Harbor FX at Yahoo

by malducin

The Internet portal Yahoo has several videos showing different aspects of the making of the film. One of them is a 9 min. clip of the making of the film with some brief glimpses at ILM's work.

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The FX of The Mummy Returns

by malducin

The latest issue of CGW (Computer Graphics World) has a nice article about the FX of The Mummy Returns. Fortunately it has been put online, with several color pictures and including some work in progress shots of Imhotep.

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ILM Makes Hollywood Cheese

by malducin

The official site has posted a new video, but instead of the usual portrait we are treated to a delightful comic animation.

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Review: Pearl Harbor

by malducin

The 2001 Summer Box Office season officially opens on Memorial Day Weekend, and thsi year with one of the most anticipated movies of the year: Pearl Harbor. Directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the movie tells the story of a love triangle against the backdrop of the Pearl Harbor attack. Effects by ILM were supervised by Eric Brevig (also working as second unit director) and Ed Hirsh, with Ben Snow as an associate FX supervisor. John Frazier was in charge of the physical FX, and Stan Winston had the makeup duties. Sound courtesy of the folks at Skywalker sound.

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