Thursday, February 27, 2014

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Kevin Pollak hosts a look at the Oscar-nominated animated short film nominees from 2013 including a panel with the filmmakers. Held on February 25, 2014, with films including "Feral" (Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden), "Get a Horse!" (Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim), "Mr. Hublot" Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, "Possessions" (Shuhei Morita) and "Room on the Broom" (Max Lang and Jan Lachauer).

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Watch: Documentary ‘Life After Pi’ Chronicles Collapse of Rhythm & Hues

LIFE AFTER PI is a short documentary about Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Effects company that won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on "Life of Pi" -- just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy. The film explores rapidly changing forces impacting the global VFX community and the Film Industry as a whole.

Monday, February 24, 2014

INFO: ADAPT Oscar March in March Rally


Sunday, March 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

Hollywood Blvd. & Vine

We are holding a rally to support legal action to help end the current subsidy race that is damaging the Visual Effects and Film industries. These subsidies are a form of corporate welfare used by Hollywood producers to game various governments against each other. These actions have led to a bidding war between governments that maximizes the amount of free taxpayer money for Hollywood productions that end up making billions of dollars. At the same time, this has unknowingly cost taxpayers billions... more on ADAPT website

// Oscars 2014: Why Are Special Effects Wizards Planning to Protest at the Ceremony?

// The State Of The VFX Industry

// VFX Soldier

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Reference Of The Day: The Sochi Olympics, Frame by Frame

Check out these fantastic images from the Sochi Olympics! Great motion reference! More over on the NY Times website here:

Friday, February 21, 2014

'Gravity' Show And Tell VFX Reel

Here's a look at how we created the visual effects for Gravity 

More behind the scenes interview and footage here:

// Gravity Interviews 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Deconstructing Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in the West'

Joshua Cornelius deconstructs the complexities of the opening scene of Sergio Leone's classic film Once Upon a Time in the West. For more film commentary and criticism from a variety of genres check out the The Film League website.

Deconstructing the opening scene of Once Upon a Time in the West

Deconstructing the scene from Once Upon a Time in the West in which Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale) arrives in Flagstone. This commentary focuses heavily on the aspects of visual storytelling and Tonino Delli Colli's cinematography.

Analyzeing  the political and social climate that led to Once Upon a Time in the West's critical and financial failure in 1968.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


This is a trailer for a short documentary filmed on location at Rhythm & Hues Studios - the L.A. based Visual Effects company that won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on "Life of Pi" - during the weeks that followed a devastating bankruptcy.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Free 'Zombie' Character Animation Rigs by PROLETARIAT

Video game company PROLETARIAT has just released a character rig from WORLD ZOMBINATION. The rig includes 7 characters. It's free to download here:

// World Zombination Character Rig 

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Making of 'The Dam Keeper'

'The Dam Keeper' is an animated short film Directed by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

Making The Dam Keeper

Early Look Test

Tuesday, February 04, 2014


Fun little anim tool from ultranoir.

'Based on the power and speed of SVG graphics, ultranoir introduce an animation tool that gives a new level of freedom to 2D animation on the web. Featuring the "Half-Filled Flour Sack", an animator’s best friend since Disney's golden era, we incorporate basic rigging principles to allow controlled vector manipulation on the fly.'

// JUMPING JACK SACK via Ultranoir

Sunday, February 02, 2014


A documentary that highlights the deadly combination of sleep deprivation and long days of work in the film industry. Directed by 2 time Academy Award winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler.