A Facebook post by the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation this morning conveyed some very sad news: Ray passed away in London earlier today.
Below is the post in full:
"The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which…
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By Jesse Toves. @zeustoves on Twitter.
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In late 2011, the folks at Amsterdam-based VFX studio Planet X FX decided they'd had it with lugging around armfuls of paper. Scribbles of notes for on-set VFX data like camera measurements, lenses and take info were filling up their office. Photos of sets, slates and notes were…Continue
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Thirty-eight students from 17 U.S. colleges and universities as well as nine students from foreign universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition. Winners will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater…Continue
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On Sunday, The Guardian posted an article on the VFX protest at the Oscars, describing the R&H speech cutoff and the scene outside, identifying the demonstrators as "VFX technicians." It was early, and I let it slide - tweeting the story to VFXG's followers. Below is the short conversation that followed, which I'm still chuckling over two days later.…Continue
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On Saturday February 9, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present 25 recipients with awards for their contributions to the motion picture industry. Star Trek actors Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana will host the ceremony, called the Scientific and Technical Awards, created to recognize achievements in filmmaking technology.
The recipients of the…Continue
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According to an exclusive report published by The Wrap, based on a tip from a confidential Deadline source, J.J. Abrams will be directing the next Star Wars film. The script for the film, which is slated for a 2015 release, will be…Continue
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Nigel Hunt, an entrepreneur with a background in architectural design and computer graphics, founded the creative design studio Glowfrog in 1996. At a time when many visual effects shops are struggling to make ends meet, Glowfrog has consistently…Continue
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On January 3, Paramount Pictures released 11 new stills from their upcoming film, Star Trek: Into Darkness. The movie, scheduled to premiere on May 17, 2013, has been shrouded in mystery throughout the production process. The plot of the film is still unclear, but perhaps something can be inferred from this latest batch of images. Or can it?
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In 2010, the McKinsey Global Institute published a comprehensive report on the current state of African economies. In the report, Africa's collective GDP was…Continue
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Note: This infographic was not, unfortunately, created by me.Continue
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On November 13, Blizzard Entertainment announced the release date of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the first expansion to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Blizzard’s award-winning real-time strategy game. Set for release on March 12, 2013, Heart of the Swarm will be available for purchase in stores and online at an expected price of $39.99 USD.
“With Heart of the Swarm, our goal has been to expand on the multiplayer action and cinematic…Continue
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Working in entertainment can be exhilarating, but transience is the nature of the industry: at any time, a project could be cancelled, shelved, or simply completed -- leaving everyone involved looking for work. It's an industry where profit drives many decisions, and contract…Continue
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Source: Press Release
Vancouver Animation School (www.vanas.ca), a leading Canadian educational institution offering entry level and advanced programs for the animation, film and game industries, announced a new program that bridges the gap between virtual learning and hand-on practice. The new Vanas Labs program reverses the online classroom model, providing students with a convenient online classroom experience partnered…Continue
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In 2008, employees at the Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken in Buenos Aires unearthed a dusty 16mm reel in a back storage area. Upon further examination, they were astonished to discover that it was a dupe negative of Fritz Lang's science fiction masterpiece, "Metropolis." Their discovery went…Continue
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Founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler, Kickstarter is one of the world's most popular project funding platforms. Since its launch, the website has helped give birth to tens of thousands of creative projects that would…Continue
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Although Digital Domain and all parties involved remain silent on the matter, last night an unsubstantiated tweet from former Digital Domain CEO Scott Ross stated specifically and definitively that the DD sale had been concluded, with Beijing-based Galloping Horse taking the lion's share of the company (75%).
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