The Mythbusters Clarify Difference Between CPU and GPU Based Rendering

In their own particular idiom.

Why #VFX seems hesitant to embrace GPU and other cluster based technologies is beyond me.

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

15 selected as semifinalists for VFX Oscar

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 83rd Academy Awards®."



Guillermo Del Toro opens VFX and Transmedia studio in Marina Del Rey

"he expects to use the venue as a home base and a way for him to embrace a transmedia future. Del Toro will run a lot of his projects through a facility that has the ability to handle everything from pre-visualization to animatics, story boarding and visual effects work."

http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/guillermo-del-toro-in-mirada-studio-launch/ [via Twitter]

Music Video Shot Using Just The Lights of New York City.

"Shot on Canon 5D II and Canon 40D. Finished in After Effects."


Disney to Open Source Universal Particle Exchange Format

"Particles are an important part of effects work, because they allow free-form information in 3D space. Unfortunately, there is no standard format for particles akin to Wavefront .obj."

The Visual Effects Society has been working toward an Open Particle Format for several years and encourages others the work with Disney to expand and develop this useful software solution.


New Developements for Underwater Cinematographers.

"After consulting with specialists in the animal world, as well as pioneers in aquatic cinematography, Perrin and Cluzaud worked with an armada of experts to develop or modify innovative technologies that achieved the cinematic quality and maneuverability required to realize their vision."



Holographic Displays by Prologue for Iron Man 2

 "From heads-up displays to preternaturally responsive real-time 3D interfaces, Tony Stark is augmented as much by stunning graphics as by his trademark power suit."

Several great videos after the jump:

http://motionographer.com/features/prologue-iron-man-2/ [via John Karner]

Realtime Rig Removal

"The software works by dramatically reducing the quality of the video, removing the offending object (identified by your drawing a circle around it), and then improving the video quality back to its original state – all within 40 milliseconds."


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