A nice summation of the state of VFX workers in Hollywood, and the outcome of the 2012 Academy Awards for visual effects. The tide began to turn this night…
RIP Petro Vlahos; a genius who invented the Ultimatte process, popularly known as blue-screen compositing, as well as many other motion picture technical innovations. He was 96.
4K or not to 4K: A little post about how we perceive image resolution. Hint: buy some good speakers instead.
Another master of the craft has departed. Matthew Yuricich created some of the most memorable cinematic illusions of the late 20th century. Click the image for examples of his work, or click here for a more extensive career retrospective and tribute.
Ten minutes of footage from the elaborate remake Space Battleship Yamato 2199. Everything looks great. It would appear the studio is merely updating the original with slightly modernized designs for the characters and hardware, and state of the art animation techniques. The story seems essentially unchanged, with perhaps somewhat expanded scenes.
The Atlantic gives us what might be the most inadvertently sad slide show of the week. More pictures of machinery that will make you sad at the link.
Previously: Let’s listen to Dr. Tyson. We’ve stopped dreaming, and it’s time to start again and get back into space. But why stop with near-Earth orbit? Been there, done that. Dream bigger!
Jim Cameron went to the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean and shot these home movies. He paid for a large part of the trip, including custom submarine, himself. I don’t want to hear any bitching about the quality of his films, or his alleged penchant for dickishness. When you get shit done with this level of commitment, putting your money where your mouth is- you can pretty much brag all you want. Also, I had pancakes this morning!