HPA Awards 2014: The nominees
9.9.2014 Art of VFX

The Hollywood Post Alliance have just published the list of the nominees for the 2014 HPA Awards. The winners will be announced November 6th.

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The Hollywood Post Alliance have just published the list of the nominees for the 2014 HPA Awards. The winners will be announced November 6th.
VES Updates Visual Effects Handbook
9.8.2014 Animation Magazine

The Visual Effects Society has announced the second edition of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects.

Hailed as the most complete guide to visual effects techniques and best practices on the market today, it covers essential techniques and solutions for all VFX artists, producers, and supervisors, from pre-production through production and post-production.

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The Visual Effects Society has announced the second edition of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects. Hailed as the most complete guide to visual effects techniques and best practices on the market today, it covers essential techniques and solutions for all... more »
New Technology to Address Hollywood's Digital Archiving Dilemma
9.8.2014 The Hollywood Reporter

A new Archive Exchange Format created to give Hollywood more peace of mind when it comes to saving its movies in digital formats, is set to be launched next week by global standards body the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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A new Archive Exchange Format created to give Hollywood more peace of mind when it comes to saving its movies in digital formats, is set to be launched next week by global standards body the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, The... more »
The 10 Biggest, Best-Looking Video Games Of September 2014
9.5.2014 Forbes

The last couple weeks have been weird for the video game universe.

#GamerGate has flooded Twitter and video game forums like NeoGaf and various sub-reddits.

Gamers and the gaming press have been actively embroiled in the video game culture war, with new hashtags springing up like mushrooms.

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The last couple weeks have been weird for the video game universe. #GamerGate has flooded Twitter and video game forums like NeoGaf and various sub-reddits. Gamers and the gaming press have been actively embroiled in the video game culture war, with new... more »
The 22 Biggest Special Effects Milestones
9.5.2014 Crave Online

Forrest Gump was a watershed movie for movie special effects. Here are the 22 other films that were milestones in special effects history.

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Forrest Gump was a watershed movie for movie special effects. Here are the 22 other films that were milestones in special effects history.
Are These the 100 Most Iconic Shots in Movie History?
9.4.2014 Slate

CineFix, which recently brought us an homage to great film edits, have compiled what they consider movie history’s 100 most iconic shots—from silent film classics to The Notebook—neatly arranged by visual and thematic similarities.

Some of these choices are highly debatable (did I mention The Notebook is in this?), but it’s a fun watch nonetheless.

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CineFix, which recently brought us an homage to great film edits, have compiled what they consider movie history’s 100 most iconic shots—from silent film classics to The Notebook—neatly arranged by visual and thematic similarities. Some of these choices... more »
Disney, UPA Animator Willis Pyle Celebrates his 100th Birthday
8.28.2014 Animation Magazine

Celebrated Disney and UPA animator Willis Pyle’s 100th birthday will be celebrated with a special private event Sept. 3 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

Born on a small farm in Kansas, Pyle attended the University of Colorado and after entering a Disney cartoon competition, began his career in the business working as a general help in the animation studio while attending the Disney art school.

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Celebrated Disney and UPA animator Willis Pyle’s 100th birthday will be celebrated with a special private event Sept. 3 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Born on a small farm in Kansas, Pyle attended the University of Colorado and after entering... more »
VES Awards Season Gets Underway
8.26.2014 VES

The 13th Annual VES Awards Rules and Procedures (R&Ps) are now available online at, www.visualeffectssociety.com/ves-awards.

All the information needed to enter a submission to the Awards can be found in this one place.  Every year the Awards committee refines the rules and procedures to hone the experience for the visual effects community. 

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The 13th Annual VES Awards Rules and Procedures (R... more »
Physicists Use Science To Boost Animation
8.25.2014 Sci-Tech Today

In a small utilitarian office in Glendale, Ron Henderson methodically jotted down equations for Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion on a whiteboard next to his desk.
The equations, the physicist explained, are the mathematical building blocks for constructing a three-dimensional, bubble-like sphere.

Henderson could easily have been preparing a lesson at Caltech, where he once was a faculty member. Instead, he was at DreamWorks Animation's Tuscany-style campus, doing his part to bridge the divide between art and science.

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In a small utilitarian office in Glendale, Ron Henderson methodically jotted down equations for Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion on a whiteboard next to his desk. The equations, the physicist explained, are the mathematical building blocks for... more »

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