Posts Tagged ‘vfx’

‘Iron Man 3′: The VFX that made the ‘barrel of monkeys’ scene soar

by Randall Handon May 11, 2013
One of the big nail-biting scenes of the new Iron Man 3 is the “barrel of monkeys” freefall, where Iron Man has only seconds to save a crew of 13 freefalling from a now-crashing Air Force 1.  At first glance, you may think it’s some amazing CG and bluescreen work, but the reality is far […]

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Weta Digital: The Adventures of Tintin – Making of

by Randall Handon January 23, 2012
YouTube has a great video showing much of the behind the scenes motion tracking work that went into the new Adventures of TinTin movie.  A huge mocap studio with markered actors and lots of virtual cameras and monitors all work together to make filming a CG movie almost identical to filming a traditional live-action film. […]


Wipeout via Quantum Levitation: Physics or VFX?

by Randall Handon January 5, 2012
I keep seeing people on twitter and such posting this video purportedly from the Japan Institute of Science and Technology showing some research students adapting Quantum Levitation to a scale model wipeout track.  The little cars are “fueled” up with liquid nitrogen and then float around the track, showing what could be the future of […]

The 10 Best Visual Effects Scenes of 2011

by Randall Handon December 30, 2011
Popular Mechanics has compiled their list of the 10 best VFX scenes this year, including subtle work in The Adjustment Bureau to complete CG constructions in Harry Potter. There’s a backlash building in Hollywood against the overuse of computer-generated imagery (CGI). For the most part, though, 2011′s popcorn blockbusters still leaned heavily on green screens […]


VFX Gift Idea – Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Innovation

by Randall Handon December 22, 2011
Still looking for a gift for the VFX person in your life?  Check out this amazing new book available on Amazon (order today for 1-day delivery by tomorrow) chronicling the story of ILM from their early roots to more modern pursuits. Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Innovation is the first and only book […]


Letteri Talks Tintin at Autodesk Screening

by Randall Handon December 15, 2011
Over at Bill Desowitz’s blog he’s got some details of the work behind the new Tintin movie coming from their presentation at Autodesk University. Meanwhile, the bravura two-and-a-half minute motorcycle chase in Morocco occurred as a result of the previs offering so many long master shots that Spielberg decided to utilize one in the film. […]