What's It Like to be a Woman in Competitive Gaming?
9.18.2014 Ted

Non-gamers love to stereotype the world of competitive gaming. But what’s it really like? We asked a former competitive Super Smash Brothers Melee player to tell us her story.

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Non-gamers love to stereotype the world of competitive gaming. But what’s it really like? We asked a former competitive Super Smash Brothers Melee player to tell us her story.
Infographic: Find Out Which Job in Movies You Should Have
9.17.2014 Co.Create

Every day, approximately 300,000,000 starry-eyed cinephiles move to Los Angeles to make it in the motion picture industry. Some of them want to star in movies; some want to write them, some want to direct. Very few will actually do so. Fortunately, there are a lot of careers in filmmaking beyond the holy trinity of acting-writing-directing, and a wry new infographic details who exactly is qualified for them.

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Every day, approximately 300,000,000 starry-eyed cinephiles move to Los Angeles to make it in the motion picture industry. Some of them want to star in movies; some want to write them, some want to direct. Very few will actually do so. Fortunately, there... more »
Oscar Contenders to Highlight View Conference
9.14.2014 billdesowitz.com

Presentations centered on Oscar-contending animation and VFX movies will highlight the View 2014 conference in Turin, Italy (Oct. 14-18). Keynoting the conference are Tom McGrath from DreamWorks Animation (The Penguins of Madagascar), Pixar-co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, and Glen Keane (the Duet short).

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Presentations centered on Oscar-contending animation and VFX movies will highlight the View 2014 conference in Turin, Italy (Oct. 14-18). Keynoting the conference are Tom McGrath from DreamWorks Animation (The Penguins of Madagascar), Pixar-co-founder... more »
What's New on VES YouTube Channel
9.14.2014 YouTube

Check out what's new on our YouTube channel: Lego, Doug Trumbull, VES Star Trek panel, Hover Boards, Hunting Elephants!

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Check out what's new on our YouTube channel: Lego, Doug Trumbull, VES Star Trek panel, Hover Boards, Hunting Elephants!
Siggraph: Method, Autodesk Team Up To Develop Previs Tools
9.11.2014 The Hollywood Reporter

The aim it to offer previs of an entire feature in the half-million-dollar range.
VANCOUVER—Visual effects company Method Studios is working with software developer Autodesk to create what Method’s recently named president Marc Weigert  describes as the "Holy Grail." That is, the ability to "previsualize" an entire movie at a "low budget."

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The aim it to offer previs of an entire feature in the half-million-dollar range. VANCOUVER—Visual effects company Method Studios is working with software developer Autodesk to create what Method’s recently named president Marc Weigert  describes as the... more »
TIFF: Douglas Trumbull screens 'UFOTOG,' makes case for immersive filmmaking
9.11.2014 Entertainment Weekly

Filmmaker and legendary special-effects guru Douglas Trumbull gave a special demonstration at the Toronto Film Festival, screening 10 minutes of UFOTOG, his high-intensity, 3-D immersive work-in-progress that he filmed at 120 frames per second. Most Hollywood movies are filmed and projected at 24 frames per second, the industry standard for almost 100 years, even though digital camera and projector technology has opened the door for much greater speeds.

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Filmmaker and legendary special-effects guru Douglas Trumbull gave a special demonstration at the Toronto Film Festival, screening 10 minutes of UFOTOG, his high-intensity, 3-D immersive work-in-progress that he filmed at 120 frames per second. Most... more »
'Destiny' Crosses $500 Million On Day One, Biggest New Video Game Launch Ever
9.10.2014 Forbes

Destiny sold over $500 million into retail on day one, making it the best-selling new video game IP of all time according to publisher Activision Blizzard (ATVI.)

The online science fiction shooter could become the next billion dollar IP from the company, which also publishes blockbuster franchises Call of Duty, Skylanders and World of Warcraft.

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Destiny sold over $500 million into retail on day one, making it the best-selling new video game IP of all time according to publisher Activision Blizzard (ATVI.) The online science fiction shooter could become the next billion dollar IP from the company... more »
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Maleficent' Among Postproduction Award Nominees
9.10.2014 The Hollywood Reporter

Oscar visual effects contenders Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent will compete against last year’s Academy Awards juggernaut Gravity and Oscar nominee The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the 9th annual Hollywood Post Alliance Awards.

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Oscar visual effects contenders Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent will compete against last year’s Academy Awards juggernaut Gravity and Oscar nominee The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the 9th annual... more »
Apple Launches First Apple Watch
9.9.2014 Variety

Apple took the wraps off the Apple Watch — the company’s first new product in four years.

Although not called the iWatch, the device is the first new product from Apple since the iPad was introduced in 2010, and marks the first new category for Apple since Tim Cook took over from Steve Jobs as CEO of the company three years ago.

There are three options whose screens are filled with the expected apps: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition, with devices made in his or hers versions. The Apple Watch Edition is the more expensive option, made from 18-karat gold.

Pricing starts at $349 when the smartwatch becomes available early in 2015. The Apple Watch requires the iPhone for most of its functionality.

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Apple took the wraps off the Apple Watch — the company’s first new product in four years. Although not called the iWatch, the device is the first new product from Apple since the iPad was introduced in 2010, and marks the first new category for Apple... more »
The Future of Practical Creature Effects
9.9.2014 Cinefex

Ah, was there ever a question more likely to raises the hackles of fans of old-school special effects? Or to cause a look of blank bemusement to cross the face of the average moviegoer? Ever since Jurassic Park, argument has raged over which is better: a CG dinosaur or its mechanical equivalent? Whenever the issue is raised, emotions run high; discussing it at all is only marginally safer than poking a nest of snakes.

But is it an issue? Is it valid even to ask the question at all? Isn’t it time we rejected all that “either/or” nonsense and concentrated on simply getting the job done in the best possible way?

There’s only one way to get a decent answer: ask the experts. 

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Ah, was there ever a question more likely to raises the hackles of fans of old-school special effects? Or to cause a look of blank bemusement to cross the face of the average moviegoer? Ever since Jurassic Park, argument has raged over which is better: a... more »

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