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Academy Award Nominations for Best Visual Effects.


“Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell

Tonight at UCLA - Old and New TRON Meet!

"Twenty-eight years ago when the Los Angeles SIGGRAPH Chapter was formed, the first presentation was on TRON. Join the artists at Digital Domain as they discuss the new installment in the story of code writer Flynn. Also, present will be visual effects artists from the 1982 TRON."

http://la.siggraph.org/events/tron-legacy

VISUAL EFFECTS SOCIETY ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 9th ANNUAL VES AWARDS

"The 9th Annual VES Awards will take place on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will air exclusively on REELZCHANNEL Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10p ET/PT with encore presentations throughout February."

Congratulations to all the nominees from the Visual Effects Society Technology Committee!

http://www.visualeffectssociety.com/node/1931

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LG Launches First Dual Core 1GHz Smartphone

"you've got both full 1080p TV-out via HDMI and video capture through an 8 megapixel primary camera"

http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/15/lg-optimus-2x-first-dual-core-smartph...

The Foundry Has Outlined Plans for KATANA

"KATANA is an environment for preparing 3D assets for rendering, allowing artists to define and control look and lighting whilst maintaining performance with very large datasets. It operates non-destructively using a rule-based approach, allowing modeling, look development, animation and lighting teams to work in parallel."

NewTek Ships LightWave 10

"LightWave 10 benefits artists with unique, new capabilities not found in any other 3D application, like instant feedback from the Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR), the precision of a complete Linear Color Space Workflow, real-time Anaglyph Stereoscopic Preview, and Virtual Studio Tools that deliver real-time virtual walkthroughs."

 

Star Wars' Visual Effects Artist Grant McCune Dies at 67

"Grant McCune, the special effects artist who won an Oscar for his model work on Star Wars, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 67."

The Visual Effects Society Technology Committee extends its condolences to the family and survivors of Mr. McCune. He was a giant in the field and an inspiration to countless vfx artists who followed his work into the vfx industry. His leadership and spirit will be missed.

On This Day in 1895 Auguste and Louis Lumiere Showed Films to a Paying Audience for the First Time in History.

"December 28 - The Lumière brothers have their first paying audience at the Grand Café Boulevard des Capucines — this date is sometimes considered the debut of the motion picture as an entertainment medium."

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