While L.A.'s digital production community has been hit by downsizing, consolidation and foreign competition in recent years, there is a local high-tech service industry that's bucking the trend -…
Dennis Muren, Rob Legato, Eric Brevig and Mike Fink may be household names in the f/x biz, but a new breed of visual effects supervisors are beginning to crop up and create their own following.
The computer graphics community convenes for its annual confab in Los Angeles to chat about all things digital, including creating photorealistic characters and environments.
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
For 25 years, most of John Carpenter's films have had his name in the title -- "John Carpenter's Halloween," "John Carpenter's Christine," "John Carpenter's Escape From New York." He's earned that by…
When moviegoers watch the trailer for the upcoming f/x epic "Pearl Harbor," they might notice an interesting credit -- "visual effects and animation by Industrial Light & Magic."
Tom Hanks has done it. So have Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mike Myers. "It" is cyberscanning, the process of tracking laser beams around an actor's body to measure his…
When visitors to Seattle's new Experience Music Project witness the ride-film of James Brown singing "Sex Machine," they might be tempted to evoke an old advertising line: "Is it live or is it…
Until recently, video- and computer-game images rarely impressed the digerati who attend the annual CG fest Siggraph. Most game animation was far too crude. But with the growing power of…
In a season in which heavy hitters like "The Phantom Menace," "Stuart Little," "The Matrix" and "The Mummy" demand attention for their high-tech style, the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy has…
He just might turn out to be the 'little mouse that could' when the Academy's effects experts select the finalists for best achievement in visual effects. "Stuart Little," a big player at the b.o.…
The next evolution of 3D computer animation is coming to a screen near you --- a personal computer screen.