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‘Dune’ VFX Company DNEG Adds Two Oscar-Winning VFX Supervisors

London-headquartered VFX company DNEG, whose recent work includes Stranger Things and the Oscar-winning effects in Dune, has added a pair of veteran VFX supervisors to its team: Eric Brevig and Greg Butler. Brevig served as VFX supervisor on 1990’s Total Recall, for which he received the Academy Award. He earned additional Oscar nominations for his work […]

‘Dune’ VFX House DNEG Developing Collaborative Review Tool With Eye Toward Broad Adoption

DNEG, a leading UK-headquartered VFX house that saw its work win an Oscar earlier this year for Dune, has revealed that it’s developing a collaborative playback and review tool for use on features, series and other content, while announcing bold plans to encourage broad adoption. When completed, the app, dubbed xSTUDIO, will “replace all other […]

‘Doctor Strange’ VFX Company Framestore Names Mel Sullivan CEO

Visual effects giant Framestore — whose latest work can be seen in Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — has promoted COO Mel Sullivan to CEO, with founding partner and CEO of 26 years William Sargent stepping into a new role as chairman of the Framestore and Company 3 group. Framestore, the London-headquartered […]

‘Dune’ Leads Visual Effects Society Awards Nominations

Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel of the same name, leads the feature competition of the 20th Visual Effects Society Awards, which also marks the 25th anniversary of the Society’s founding. Due to the COVID surge, VES is still considering the format and timing for this year’s presentation. Warner Bros.’ Dune […]

Technicolor Restructures VFX Company MPC, Names Tom Williams President

Technicolor Creative Studios is bringing together its feature and episodic VFX brands MPC Film, MPC Episodic and MR X under one name, Moving Picture Company (MPC). The combined company will be led by Tom Williams, who assumes the role of president of MPC. Previously, he served as managing director of MPC Episodic. Earlier he held roles as Sky […]

VFX Focus: How Weta Created Starro’s Lab Escape in ‘The Suicide Squad’

In this scene from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., Starro escapes the laboratory in which he is being held in this mostly CG shot. Some of the foreground with Margo Robbie’s Harley Quinn was shot on the backlot at Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Atlanta Studios) and then the rest is CG, including Starro, […]

Netflix to Acquire Scanline VFX

Netflix has revealed plans to acquire Scanline VFX, whose work for the streaming service has included Cowboy Bebop and Stranger Things 3, along with the show’s upcoming fourth season. The value of the deal, expected to close in early 2022, wasn’t disclosed. Recent work from Scanline — which maintains bases in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, London, […]

Weta’s $1.6B Deal With Unity: How It Will Work

On Nov. 9, publicly traded tech firm Unity — maker of the Unity real-time game engine used in production from games to movies — surprised many in Hollywood when it unveiled a deal to acquire the tech assets of Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital for $1.6 billion. This included roughly 275 engineers, a cloud-based platform and […]

ILM Plans Expansion With Virtual Production Stage in Vancouver

Industrial Light & Magic plans to expand its virtual production services with a new stage near its Vancouver facility, which is expected to open next spring. The VFX giant reported Wednesday that it would construct a roughly 20,000-square-foot stage for its StageCraft LED system, which will be its fifth such permanent volume. ILM also maintains […]

Cinesite’s Digital Journey: From ‘Snow White’ to James Bond

Launched three decades ago as filmmaking was taking transformative steps away from celluloid and toward digital processes, Cinesite remains on course in creating digital visual effects and, more recently, feature animation. A lot has changed since Eastman Kodak founded Cinesite in Los Angeles in 1991 as a VFX, digital restoration and mastering subsidiary based around […]

‘Dune’ VFX House DNEG Plans Expansion In Canada, Including New Toronto Facility (Exclusive)

Visual effects house DNEG — Christopher Nolan’s go-to VFX house whose work has earned Oscars for the director’s Inception, Interstellar and Tenet — plans to add a new base in Toronto, and in total an estimated 500 employees across Canada. The news follows the Aug. 18 announcement that DNEG parent company Prime Focus raised $250 […]

Prime Focus, Parent Company of ‘Tenet’ VFX House DNEG, Raises $250 Million

Novator Capital Advisers has made a $250 million investment Prime Focus Ltd., the parent company of DNEG — Christopher Nolan’s go-to visual effects studio whose work for the director has won Oscars for Inception, Interstellar and most recently, Tenet. As a result of the investment, Prime Focus plans to eliminate debt and focus on growing DNEG’s VFX […]