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ILM Dazzles at the VES 2001 Festival
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.
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.
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.
ILM at SIGGRAPH 2001: Preview 3, Sketches and Applications
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.
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.
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.
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.