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Framestore Interview: Behind the Seams of Marvelous Designer in ‘Doctor Strange’

Framestore Interview: Behind the Seams of Marvelous Designer in ‘Doctor Strange’

When Marvel’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch was released last year, one of the most talked about characters wasn’t one that you might think. It was Strange’s cloak of levitation, a piece of the doctor’s wardrobe that has its own magical powers and often helped out in tricky situations. To give the cloak the right kind of character, visual effects studio Framestore took the on-set cloak worn by Cumberbatch and generated a CG version. To do that as accurately as…

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How Neill Blomkamp’s experimental Oats Studios is using photogrammetry for its short films

How Neill Blomkamp’s experimental Oats Studios is using photogrammetry for its short films

Director Neill Blomkamp is doing something many filmmakers and visual effects artists can only dream about – he’s making a series of experimental shorts with no studio oversight. Of course, the director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie is already an experienced filmmaker, but his newly-formed Oats Studios is looking to buck the system by making a whole bunch of shorts, many using complex visual effects, and seeing what sticks. Interestingly, Blomkamp and his visual effects supervisor Chris Harvey have relied…

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Screen Scene goes invisible with V-Ray on ’Black Sails’

Screen Scene goes invisible with V-Ray on ’Black Sails’

In television right now, some of the most elaborate visual effects work required is of the ‘invisible’ variety. These are the shots that you might just not notice, but have actually gone through the hands of many skilled effects artisans. One show capitalising on this seamless type of VFX work is the Starz series Black Sails. For season 4, Dublin-based studio Screen Scene VFX was called upon to create a raft of period city shots by augmenting live action and…

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A View on Post Production Workflows from an Expert in the Field

A View on Post Production Workflows from an Expert in the Field

In the world of post production pipelines and training, Simon Walker is someone you want to sit down with and mine for information. Which is exactly what AV3 has done in this lengthy interview with the UK-based Adobe Certified Master Trainer, who also gets in and advises on video editing and grading solutions and still takes time to be ‘on the box’ to check out the latest advancements in industry software. We find out everything from how Simon got into…

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Get inspired with ZBrush artist Sven Rabe

Get inspired with ZBrush artist Sven Rabe

Every now and then a great piece of content or artwork makes the rounds on the Internet and inspires others to keep creating. That’s especially the case with personal works in the Pixologic ZBrush community, and one artist whose CR-2 pilot model was recently widely shared was Munich-based Sven Rabe, a lead modeler and senior 3D artist at studio LIGA01. AV3 checked in with Sven to find out more about how he uses ZBrush and for some tips and tricks…

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What’s the likelihood of another VFX ’upset’ at the next Oscars?

What’s the likelihood of another VFX ’upset’ at the next Oscars?

When Ex Machina made the final five nominees for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars last year – and won – many people were shocked and surprised. Not because of the quality of the work. The VFX by Double Negative and MILK VFX were seamless and outstanding. It was, instead, because the other films nominated were perhaps classic examples of ‘effects films’. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Mad Max: Fury Road. The Revenant. The Martian. Arguably, each of these nominees contained…

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An Interview with VFX Legion: Using mocha Pro on the hit show How to Get Away with Murder

An Interview with VFX Legion: Using mocha Pro on the hit show How to Get Away with Murder

VFX Legion is a visual effects studio offering something very different to most – it operates remotely with a global team, which provides a new kind of flexibility to many productions. Artists at VFX Legion have worked on many projects, including recently on the film Hardcore Henry and on the TV show’s The Catch and How To Get Away with Murder. For roto, paint and tracking work, VFX Legion is a big user of Mocha Pro, one of AV3’s key…

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The Future of VFX: 5 Major Trends Happening Right Now – By Ian Failes

The Future of VFX: 5 Major Trends Happening Right Now – By Ian Failes

​Identifying trends in visual effects is fraught with danger. Technology is constantly changing, as are the VFX location hotspots. Right now, a truly worldwide visual effects industry exists, propelled in part by an explosion in comic book and sci-fi films, animated features, virtual reality and TV visual effects. Here’s a look at 5 current trends that are shaping the future of VFX – from returning to practical roots to new technology and creative innovations. 1. The push for VFX as creative partner Filmmaking…

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