The real-looking fur was no problem. CG water and marmalade were a piece of cake. No, the hardest part of animating the bear in the just-released "Paddington" was "finding the character that everyone…
The word has gone out again in visual effects business: "There's trouble in Montreal." Quebec's new incentives are turning Montreal into a burgeoning hotspot for the global vfx biz. But the city has…
When I started covering the visual effects realm there was a "big four" of vfx companies: Industrial Light & Magic, Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Two of those…
Global effects powerhouse Framestore, best known for its work on the "Harry Potter" pics, has opened a studio in Montreal, tapping into the creative and tech talent pool and provincial tax credit…
One of the most successful and intriguing successes on "Zero Dark Thirty" was the re-creation of Osama Bin Laden's secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Production designer Jeremy Hindle's goal…
If companies like Sony Imageworks, Weta Digital and Framestore are the creative divas of the effects world, Los Angeles and London-based outfit the Foundry is fast becoming the conductor.
Each of London's big four film vfx houses has its own strengths, but tries not to get pigeonholed.
Universal's "The Tale of Despereaux" marks the first big step by Framestore CFC into producing its own CGI animated movies. Framestore set up a feature animation arm 2½ years ago in partnership with…
This one-time line producer, who served a term as British film commissioner, is now managing director of film at Framestore-CFC, Europe's largest visual f/x and computer animation company.