1. The Evolution of Visual Effects by Jim Casey

    This video sequence put together by YouTube user Jim Casey depicts the incredible growth of visual effects across several decades, beginning from the dawn of cinema.  

     
     

  2. THIS BLOG HAS REACHED OVER 300 FOLLOWERS!

    I started this blog back in January to educate people about the digital arts, and six months later it’s still going strong! So whether you joined six months ago or six minutes ago - THANK YOU!!! This blog would be nothing without my loyal followers! Here’s to 300 more! 

     

  3. Fetch: A Very Short Film

    "The Little Red Riding Hood meets the Big Bad Wolf…"

    Fetch is a very short film directed by François Gilliot and produced by François Beaune to test the appleseed renderer in a small production environment.

    About Fetch: fetchaveryshortfilm.com
    About appleseed: appleseedhq.net

    This work is released under the Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike Creative Commons 3.0 license. Seecreativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ for licensing details.

     
     

  4. ca-tsuka:

    Stills from “108 Rois Démons" trailer. French mixed media feature film by Pascal Morelli (using actors’ bodies + animated CG faces).

    (via styliferous)

     

  5. The Technology Behind How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Go Behind-the-Scenes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 with Hiccup as Dreamworks animators talk about Apollo, their newest and most powerful animation tool, that is described as currently the closest thing to “putting the pencil back into the animator’s hand.”

     
     

  6. wannabeanimator:

    The Boxtrolls (2014) | Behind the Scenes

    via Animation Magazine:

    • 1 week; the average amount of time for an animator to complete 3.7 seconds of footage
    • 3.5 inches, the cuff-to-cuff measurement of baby Eggs’ sweater (created on an embroidery machine to produce irregular lines, like a hand-knitted garment). His little socks are only ⅝” long
    • 4 scenes per week was the goal for each animator
    • 14 different fabrics were used in Lord Portley-Rind’s white hat
    • 24 kinds of weeds were created for backgrounds by the greens department
    • 55 different sculpts of prop cheeses were made; different scale sizes were needed for wide, medium and close shots
     

  7. horns-of-mischief:

    New photos from Avengers: Age of Ultron (x)

    (via frost-butt)

     

  8. animationtidbits:

    Big Hero 6 - Trailer 2

    (via get-fabulous)

     
     

  9. Making of Edge of Tomorrow by Prime Focus Word

    In our latest ‘Close Up’ we take a look at the stereo conversion services we delivered for Tom Cruise’s summer sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman. Prime Focus World was the exclusive stereo conversion partner on the film which reunited the award-winning team that delivered the stereo conversion work for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. PFW’s Senior VP, Production, View-D™ Matthew Bristowe, Senior Stereographer Richard Baker and Stereo Supervisor Barry O’Brien describe the work they undertook with reference to some exclusive breakdown footage, and give an insight into the evolution of PFW’s innovative stereo conversion techniques.

     
     

  10. Making of Maleficent's 3D Stereo Conversion by Prime Focus World

    In this edition of our ‘Close Up’ series, we take a look at the 3D conversion for box office smash Maleficent. Prime Focus World created 23 minutes of stereo for the film, comprising 366 shots. PFW’s Senior VP, Production, View-D™ Matthew Bristowe, Senior Stereographer Richard Baker, Stereographer Oliver Allen-Wielebnowski, and View-D™ Producer Valeria Andino, give an account of the work PFW completed alongside some breakdown footage.

     
     

  11. Beyond: Two Souls Performance Capture

    (via zipperaward)

     

  12. The Walking Dead Episode 401 Emmy Submission by Stargate Studios

    This video contains spoilers and very graphic imagery, please view with caution.  This visual effects reel was submitted by Stargate Studios for consideration for the 2014 Emmys. This video showcases their effects work in episode 401 of the hit television show The Walking Dead. 

     
     

  13. Dane Stogner - 2014 Animation Reel

    Dane Stogner has been an animator over at DreamWorks Animation Studios for many years, working on several feature films including  How to Train your Dragon 2, Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon, and Madagascar 3. The above video is a collection of some of his best work.

     
     


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  15. Video Games: The Movie (Official Trailer)

    If you’re interested in the artistic and technical history of video games - or just video games in general - you should check out this film. See below for details.

    Pre-order the film today at http://www.videogamesthemovie.com!Available on iTunes, on demand, or at the official website July 15th, 2014 - the same day it’s in theaters! 

    Narrated by Sean Astin and featuring interviews with: 
    Chris Hardwick • Nolan Bushnell • Alison Haislip • Hideo Kojima • Wil Wheaton • Cliff Bleszinski (CliffyB) • Hiroyoki Kobayashi • Warren Spector… and MANY more!

    From executive producer Zach Braff and CliffyB comes an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.