November 22, 2013 |
Visual effects artists are planning to show their colors next week when President Obama visits DreamWorks Animation SKG. Hundreds of visual effects artists who work at the Glendale studio are expected to wear green T-shirts to draw attention to the plight of their industry when Obama visits the campus Tuesday as part of a fundraising trip to the West Coast. At least that's the plan of a group of visual effects workers who have been trying to combat the effect of tax breaks and foreign subsidies on California's beleaguered visual effects industry.
November 21, 2013 |
It took 13 visual-effects companies to keep pace with the outsized imagination of Walter Mitty, the hero of the film based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber. Starring and directed by Ben Stiller, the latest silver-screen adaptation, scheduled for a Dec. 25 release, imagines Mitty as a Life magazine photo editor who trades in daydreams (involving superhero-style fights and a clever Benjamin Button aging scene) for real-life adventures amid stunning vistas in Iceland, Afghanistan and the Himalayas when the cover photo negative for the magazine's final issue goes missing.
October 23, 2013 |
In the upcoming movie "Ender's Game," boy warrior Ender Wiggin faces a series of challenges as he embarks on a journey to battle insect-like creatures that threaten to destroy the planet. The movie also is a test for the film's co-producer, Digital Domain, the pioneering visual effects house co-founded by director James Cameron in 1993. The Venice studio is co-producing "Ender's Game" with OddLot Entertainment and Summit Entertainment. Taking such a major role in a live-action movie, which opens Nov. 1, is both rare for a visual effects company and a big gamble for Digital Domain, known for its work on the movies "Tron: Legacy" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
August 12, 2013 |
Seeking to assuage concerns about management stability at Digital Domain, the new owners of the struggling visual effects company announced promotions of two veteran executives. Following the recent resignation of the respected Ed Ulbrich as chief executive officer, the Venice-based studio, which now goes by the name Digital Domain 3.0, said Monday it has promoted Terry Clotiaux to president of its feature film production division and Rich Flier to president of its advertising and games division.
July 16, 2013 |
It looks like Rhythm & Hues is still downsizing. The El Segundo visual effects company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February , is auctioning off assets, including computers, furniture and film equipment. Bidding will conclude July 24 at 10:30 a.m., said Tiger Group, the company conducting the auction. Rhythm & Hues is selling hundreds of items that it no longer needs for its operations. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll For example, more than 150 computers are going on the auction block, along with more than 300 Herman Miller Aeron chairs. Film equipment for sale includes a 2006 Film Light Northlight scanner, an Arri Arrilaser film recorder and two animation cameras. Founded in 1987, Rhythm & Hues created effects for movies including “The Golden Compass,” “Babe,” “Django Unchained,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Life of Pi,” for which it won an Oscar.
May 7, 2013 |
Directors, actors and animation fans of all stripes saluted Ray Harryhausen on Tuesday as news of the visual effects pioneer's death reached Hollywood. Harryhausen, the stop-motion animator of such classics as 1955's "It Came From Outer Space," 1958's "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts" and 1981's "Clash of the Titans," created Dynamation -- a technique that allowed models to be integrated into live-action films. His work inspired many who are driving the special-effects laden filmmaking that dominates in Hollywood today.