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Open letter regarding the state of the VFX industry

Excellent open letter by Philip Broste, Zoic lead compositor, about the state of the VFX industry.

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26.02.13 0 comments

VFX artists want a “Piece of the Pi”

VFX artists are fed up and want a “Piece of the Pi.” They are protesting now — in conjunction with the Oscars —  in Los Angeles. Their message: “VFX artists create incredible images that translates into huge box office or MONEY… BUT, VFX companies are going out of business.” Read on, and if you’re in LA and sympathetic, join them..

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24.02.13 0 comments

David Cohen’s Variety TechBytes Piece Illuminates Sad State of Affairs Affecting the VFX Industry

David Cohen keenly outlines the sad state of affairs affecting the VFX industry in his 2/14 article for his Variety “Tech Bytes” column.

I can’t think of any films I’ve seen in the last year that haven’t relied on VFX artistry but the pay discrepancies for artists are especially telling when Cohen points out the following:

A former topper of another “big” vfx studio, who is now out of the vfx business, called me to point the finger at the studios.

“They know what our margins are and they won’t let us make any money,” he said.

He cited one vfx-Oscar-nommed tentpole his company worked on with another “big” shop, saying the director made probably $50 million but neither vfx company made a penny of profit. Such imbalances seem common.”

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16.02.13 0 comments

More Dismal VFX Industry News…

On the heels of numerous awards wins and nominations for “Life of Pi” and “Snow White and the Huntsmen,” The Wrap reports that Rhythm & Hues will be filing for bankruptcy.

Hoping for a positive outcome for the talented friends and colleagues who work there!

Apparently subsidies, not talent has alot to do with the grim situation facing R&H and all studios today.


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11.02.13 0 comments

11th Annual VES Awards Winners Announced

Congrats to the winners who received honors last night at the VES Awards show. And, thanks to Bill Desowitz of Immersed in Movies for his coverage of the event and this link to the list of winners –




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06.02.13 0 comments

Cineversity Introduces 200 New Filmmaking Instructional Videos and Tutorials

MAXON is excited to announce that “JET Production Notes,” the highly anticipated collection of more than 200 filmmaking instructional videos and tutorials for users of Cineversity has just launched! The series, created by Dr. Sassi, world-renowned computer animator, 3D authority and Cineversity contributor, promises to be one of the most comprehensive collections of instructional videos and tutorials ever created documenting the entire 3D animation filmmaking process from conception to execution.

The first section, “Integration,” is an in-depth 54-part series focused on advanced theoretical and practical introduction to help artists think in terms of production pipeline interoperability and workflow, and is available now –

The entire collection will be released over the next few weeks, one new section each week.

Read the press release here:

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05.02.13 0 comments

VES Announces New Board Directors

Congratulations to the new VES 2013 Board of Directors! Jeffrey Okun who has been re-elected as Board Chair does an outstanding job. Read press release here.

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30.01.13 0 comments

Flexible screen technology on display at CES

David Cohen writes about the prototype for flexible screen technology that Samsung was showing at CES. Very interesting!

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14.01.13 0 comments

Nominees for 85th Academy Awards® Announced Today

The 85th Academy Awards® nominations are in.

The films nominated in the Visual Effects category include:
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Prometheus” **
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

The films nominated in the Animated feature film category include:
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

See related MAXON press release:                                                                                                           

For additional Academy Award coverage visit Fxguide,

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10.01.13 0 comments

Academy’s VFX “Bake Off” Event Selects 10 Films

The awards season is upon us and the list of incredible VFX and animated film, game and broadcast projects continues to astound! Last week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its annual “Bake Off” event to select the 10 films vying for VFX Oscar. The Academy will announce the five film nominees this Thursday… Stay tuned!

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08.01.13 0 comments
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