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‘The Little Mermaid’ VFX Supervisor Details How “Truly Amazing” Halle Bailey Became a Mermaid

Visual effects supervisor Tim Burke describes the complex digital effects used to put “truly amazing” Halle Bailey as Ariel and the rest of the castmembers under the sea in Rob Marshall’s new musical adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which is projected to earn as much as $120 million over the four-day holiday. In a […]

First Look at ‘Gravity’ VFX Supervisor’s Virtual Production ‘Flite’

Tim Webber, the Oscar-winning VFX supervisor of Alfonso Cuaron’s 2013 space-set thriller Gravity, has unwrapped the trailer for his directional debut — an experimental sci-fi short titled Flite that the inventive filmmaker created while putting a new VFX and virtual production pipeline through its paces. London-headquartered VFX facility Framestore (for which Webber serves as CCO) was […]

‘Guardians 3’ VFX Supervisor on the Emotional Final Day on Set and Challenging 3,066 VFX Shots

As Marvel’s Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol. 3 opens in theaters, visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti remembers the “very emotional” final day of shooting with the cast, crew and director James Gunn. “We were all finishing the last few scenes and saying goodbye to everybody. We were all crying like babies on the last day,” he […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Delivers Fifth VFX Oscar to Weta’s Joe Letteri

Surprising no one, Avatar: The Way of Water collected the Oscar in visual effects for its jaw-dropping work that helped to propel the movie to more than $2.2 billion at the box office, making it the third highest grossing movie of all time. In doing so, Weta FX’s production senior VFX supervisor Joe Letteri collected […]

New AI-Powered Tech Applied Digital Cosmetics to ‘Ant-Man’ Sequel

With the belief that Hollywood stars need never age on screen, or at least can do so more gracefully, Canadian visual effects studio Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies (a.k.a. MARZ) is close to commercially rolling out its Vanity AI artificial intelligence-driven program that cosmetically alters and enhances an actor’s skin and hairline in real-time or ages and […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Earns Record 14 Visual Effects Society Award Nominations

To the surprise of no one, James Cameron’s dazzling Avatar: The Way of Water dominated the 21st annual Visual Effects Society Award nominations, which were announced on Tuesday. The juggernaut earned 14 VES noms, a record number for a feature film or any single project in the society’s awards history. That includes a nomination in […]

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Reveals Rare Look at VFX Work At Oscar Bakeoff

Top Gun: Maverick, which grossed more at the box office last year than any other film, enjoyed an extensive press tour in which the film’s efforts to faithfully capture aerial combat were chronicled in news outlets around the world. One thing was hardly discussed: the visual effects that helped bring it all home, but which […]

BRIC Foundation Launches Animation, Visual Effects and Gaming Apprenticeship (Exclusive)

BRIC Foundation has teamed with several prominent education, inclusion and entertainment industry organizations to launch a new apprenticeship program geared towards making careers in the animation, visual effects and gaming industries more accessible to those from historically excluded groups. The BRIC Apprenticeship was created to provide early career awareness, exploration, preparation and training opportunities for […]

VFX Oscar Winner Guillaume Rocheron Joins DNEG

Two-time Oscar winner Guillaume Rocheron has joined visual effects company DNEG as a VFX supervisor. He won Oscar and BAFTA awards for his work on Sam Mendes’ war film 1917 and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. His credits also include Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell. More […]

‘Westworld’ Team on Designing Season 4’s New Drones and Building an Army of Aaron Pauls

[This story contains spoilers for HBO’s Westworld season 4.] When HBO’s Westworld revealed its massive mid-season twist — that Aaron Paul’s Caleb had become a host — it inched this cerebral series closer to answering its longest-running question: what makes something human? It’s a quandary the series’ special makeup effects team has had to not only […]

Visual Effects Society Honors: A Celebration of Community and Call for Diversity and Inclusion, Work-Life Balance

As the Visual Effects Society marks the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the annual VES Honors ceremony on Friday included celebration along with a call for more diversity and inclusion, as well as a greater effort to achieve a work-life balance amid industry-wide attention on the long work hours kept by many VFX artists under […]

VFX Studio Digital Domain Names Hanno Basse CTO

Visual effects company Digital Domain — which worked on Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness and the upcoming Black Adam — has hired tech vet Hanno Basse as its chief technology officer. He will oversee and develop new tech and continue the company’s work in areas including digital humans and […]