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September 8, 2006

Barnacles, Flags, and the Metaphysical in Cinefex #107

Check out Cinefex.com for the complete skinny on this issue, but the cover speaks volumes, the work ILM achieved with Davy Jones and his tentacles, the motion capture, the sub surface scattering, the animation, lighting, integration, all superbly done. You most likely won't find a mention of the ~50 some odd shots that Tippett Studio did for the show, we didn't even make a studio credit... but a few others scooped up the farmed out work from ILM, a good friend at Method Studios did some sweet work dealing with matte paintings. Pirates 2 came and went and took the booty on pretty much all the box office records, I think it recently exceeded the $1 billion mark worldwide, that's just silly, silly, a silly amount of money. So as Pirates 3 is in the works, the pipeline has been laid out so we should see a lot more fantastic stuph and bigger payoffs in the 3.

Cinefex #107 will also spotlight one of my favorite directors, one of which who hasn't graced us with any content since Requiem for a Dream in 2000, the long overdue return of Darren Aronofsky... I read this recently got some boo's from a screening at The Venice Film Festival, but I could care less, this movie is going to be different and not for everyone, but I know I'm going to love it! - catch the trailer in HD here

Speaking of trailers... The US version of Flags of our Fathers trailer has hit the streets HERE - your going to see a whole lot of seamless well integrated supporting visual effects work done by the talented artists at Digital Domain, who are in the trenches right now working on the Japanese perspective of Flags of our Fathers, because that is a wrap, so head on over to one of my good friends writing letters for the movie and his blog, digitalgypsy.com|Aruna for more on Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, sweet-as...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest:
Beneath the Barnacles

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, a rousing sequel to the immensely popular original, Curse of the Black Pearl, returning director Gore Verbinski once again joins forces with Industrial Light & Magic and a host of supporting visual effects vendors to deliver all-new adventures on the high seas with Captain Jack Sparrow and his cohorts. ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, whose work on the original garnered an Academy Award nomination, this time pushes the boundaries of motion capture and CG animation in depicting a tentacled sea monster and legendary pirate Davy Jones and his crew, hideously mutated by an ancient mariner's curse. Other key contributors include conceptual artist Mark 'Crash' McCreery, makeup supervisor Ve Neill and physical effects supervisors Michael Lantieri and Allen Hall.

Article by Joe Fordham

The Fountain:
Celestial Alchemy

Exploring metaphysical themes of life, death and rebirth interwoven in a narrative that spans past, present and future, The Fountain follows one man's quest for the Fountain of Youth and eternal life. Writer/director Darren Aronofsky, who favored a traditional optical approach over CG, called upon visual effects designers Dan Schrecker and Jeremy Dawson to oversee the effects work, which ranged from ancient Mayan battles to a futuristic starship's exploration of uncharted space. Heading up the roster of visual effects vendors was Intelligent Creatures, a Toronto-based company assigned the majority of shots, many of them featuring spectacular cosmic vistas derived from macrophotographic imagery. Zero-gravity rigs and other practical effects were the work of Les Productions de l'Intrigue.

Article by Joe Fordham

Flags of our Fathers:
One for All Time

The iconographic photograph of six young soldiers raising the American flag during World War II's bloody battle of Iwo Jima serves as the focal point of Flags of our Fathers, director Clint Eastwood's latest film, based on the bestselling nonfiction book by James Bradley. Production visual effects supervisor Michael Owens and a team of artists at Digital Domain were challenged to re-create the famous battle and flag-raising, as well as views of 1940s-era New York and other period settings for scenes of the surviving soldiers on a cross-country tour to promote the sale of war bonds. Seeking a gritty photorealism, digital artists augmented live-action, shot mostly in Iceland, with everything from CG environments and set extensions, to virtual ships and assorted atmospheric effects.

Article by Jody Duncan



Visual effects supervisor John Scheele discusses the challenges inherent in simulating the horrific events of September 11, 2001 for Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, a recounting of the nation's worst terrorist attack as seen through the eyes of two New York Port Authority police officers, buried and later rescued from the rubble of the twin towers.


For Lady in the Water, a scary bedtime tale adapted to the big screen by writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, creature effects supervisor Mike Elizalde of Spectral Motion and visual effects supervisor Ed Hirsh of Industrial Light & Magic share their approach to the design and creation of the story's array of mythical creatures.


Lead animator Sterling Allen elaborates on the novel technique of digitally rotoscoping live-action performances to achieve the uniquely stylized, yet realistic look of Richard Linklater's all-animated film, A Scanner Darkly.


Posted by dschnee at September 8, 2006 10:04 PM