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JUL
8
3 WKS

'Transformers: Age of Extinction': 5 Things to Know About the Visual Effects

'Transformers: Age of Extinction': 5 Things to Know About the Visual Effects

Transformers: Age of Extinction — which has already earned nearly $600 million worldwide — marks the fourth title of the franchise and director Michael Bay again turned to Industrial Light and Magic’s VFX supervisor Scott Farrar to lead the VFX effort. Farrar and ILM have provided large amounts of VFX for all four Transformers films, but this time around, the company completed all of them, at the facilities in San Francisco, Singapore and Vancouver, as well as its Beijing subsidiary.

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JUL
7
3 WKS

Postproduction Vet Ron Silveira Remembered by Colleagues and Friends

Postproduction Vet Ron Silveira Remembered by Colleagues and Friends

This past week, numerous members of the Hollywood community wrote to The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen, remembering Ron Silveira, a highly regarded postproduction industry vet, who passed away on June 20 after a battle with cancer.

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JUL
7
3 WKS

VFX Vet Marc Weigert Joins Method Studios As President

VFX Vet Marc Weigert Joins Method Studios As President

Marking another change in the visual effects business, vet Marc Weigert has been named president of Deluxe’s VFX business, Method Studios, which is currently working on a slate of projects including Guardians of the Galaxy and The Maze Runner.

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JUL
2
4 WKS

Prime Focus To Acquire Reliance MediaWorks

Prime Focus—which a week ago announced plans to merge its Prime Focus World creative services unit with Christopher Nolan’s go-to VFX house Double Negative—has reached an agreement to acquire Mumbai-headquartered Reliance MediaWorks in deal that will give Reliance a 30.2 percent stake in Prime Focus.

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JUL
1
4 WKS

'Transformers 4' Sound Editors on Their 'Star Wars' Homage and Using an 'Emotional Cow'

'Transformers 4' Sound Editors on Their 'Star Wars' Homage and Using an 'Emotional Cow'

The sound editing team of Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn had their work cut out for them on Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction with new characters including Dinobots, Protos and the bounty hunter Lockdown.

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JUN
30
4 WKS

L.A. Live's New '4DX' Theater Has a Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

Hang on to your popcorn and your drink — seriously.

This weekend, Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14 in downtown Los Angeles opened its first "4DX" theater, from the Seoul-headquartered 4D company CJ 4DPlex.

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JUN
30
4 WKS

London-VFX House Milk Celebrates First Anniversary with '24: Live Another Day'

London-VFX House Milk Celebrates First Anniversary with '24: Live Another Day'

Computer-generated drones that chase Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) through London; blood enhancement; CG water, fire, and smoke; and plenty of explosions. That is some of the work that London VFX house Milk is creating for 24: Live Another Day.

PHOTOS '24: Live Another Day': First Look at the London Set

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JUN
30
4 WKS

ARRI Alexa Upgrade Supports ProRes 4444 XQ

The popular ARRI Alexa digital cinema camera — recently used on productions including Maleficent, Godzilla and Captain America: The Winter Soldier — is gaining support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ.

ARRI announced Monday morning that Alexa XT cameras and Alexa "Classic" cameras with the XR module will have ProRes 4444 XQ capability (both HD and 2K resolutions) when the next Alexa software update goes into an open beta test period in July. Final release is scheduled for August. 

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JUN
27
1 month

4D Stakeholders Battling for U.S. Cinema Market

Two "4D" cinema theaters — that is, a theater that augments the viewing experience with features such as fog, rain, wind, scent or seat movement — open this weekend in Southern California

PHOTOS Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films 

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JUN
27
1 month

Drones in Movie Shoots: Debate Rages Despite Safety Claims, Cost Savings

Drones in Movie Shoots: Debate Rages Despite Safety Claims, Cost Savings

This story first appeared in the July 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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JUN
26
1 month

Aereo Ruling: The Winners and Losers (Analysis)

Aereo Ruling: The Winners and Losers (Analysis)

When The Hollywood Reporter spoke to experts before the Supreme Court's Aereo argument two months ago, they predicted a tough fight for Aereo, but also that the case was so complex legally that the result could be as lopsided as 8-1 in either direction.

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JUN
26
1 month

BBC Planning Live Ultra HD Broadcast of 2014 Commonwealth Games

With the distribution of live Ultra HD World Cup matches on the point of being tested by several broadcasters later this week, the BBC has announced its intention to go one step further.

It intends to claim a world's first live Ultra HD production, using entirely Internet-based infrastructure from next month’s Commonwealth Games.

LIST The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

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JUN
25
1 month

VFX House Hydraulx Aims to Expand Business Model With Production Services

VFX House Hydraulx Aims to Expand Business Model With Production Services

Visual effects house Hydraulx started to expand its business model earlier this year with a production stage and camera equipment rental unit under its Hydraulx Filmz brand, which was initially used to shoot green screen elements for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.

Now they are working to get the new unit off the ground, as what Hydraulx owner/founder Greg Strause (pictured above, left) calls a "one-stop shop" for any production.

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JUN
25
1 month

L.A. Live to Launch '4D' Cinema Experience

L.A. Live to Launch '4D' Cinema Experience

Is L.A. ready for "4D" cinema?

Seoul-headquartered 4D system maker CJ 4DPlex and AEG think so. They are set to unveil the first U.S.-based 4DX system Thursday at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 in Los Angeles.

A "4D" experience means that a 3D movie is combined with features such as motion, wind, strobe, fog, mist, rain and "scent-based" effects. The Hollywood Reporter will be in downtown L.A. on Thursday to report on the opening.

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