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What's Wrong with the Visual Effects Industry?

VFX giant Rhythm & Hues had been in business for 25 years when the company suddenly folded on February 11, 2013, filing bankruptcy proceedings and immediately laying off hundreds of employees. The studio's collapse came at a highly improbable time: Rhythm & Hues had recently completed work on Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," a vfx-driven film that ultimately grossed more than $611 million worldwide. Remarkably, little more than a week after filing Chapter 11, the bankrupt VFX studio was awarded one of the highest honors in entertainment: the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Interview with Artist Rick Sternbach

Space artist Rick Sternbach has created illustrations, graphic displays and ship designs for some of the most beloved works of science fiction ever produced.

Academy Honors Scientific & Technical Film Achievements

There's no doubt that filmmaking is an art form, but it's one which rests squarely on the shoulders of technology. Without the individuals who build on and re-imagine filmmaking technology, the cinematic experience wouldn't be the dynamic, ever-evolving thrill audiences have come to expect.

Spotlight on Art: A Chat with Star Trek Artist Rick Sternbach

Not many people can say that they've taught Scotty how to fly a spaceship. Or shown Captain Picard the basics of using a Macintosh computer. In fact, Rick Sternbach is the only person I know who can.

Director Alfonso Cuarón Honored by Visual Effects Society

Gravity. Copyright © 2013 Warner Bros.

Today, the Visual Effects Society announced director Alfonso Cuarón as the recipient of its prestigious Visionary Award. Cuarón was selected for his remarkable achievements in the field of cinematic arts, not the least of which being his pivotal role in the creation of the year's most celebrated film, Gravity.

Richard Williams' The Thief and the Cobbler Screens for the First Time

Canadian animator Richard Williams worked on his film "The Thief and the Cobbler" for nearly three decades, its completion and screening delayed time and time again by production woes and lack of funding. Though some portions of the film were combined with work from other animators and released as “The Princess and the Cobbler” and “Arabian Knight,” to this day, the original version has never been publicly screened.

10 Finalists Announced in the VFX Oscar Race

Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" is one of the VFX Oscars contenders. Image Copyright © 2013 Warner Bros. 

Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the titles of the 10 films that remain in the running for the 86th Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. 

Visual Effects Society Awards Submission Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submissions to the prestigious Visual Effects Society's 12th Annual VES Awards is rapidly approaching. November 22 is the cutoff to upload work for award consideration.

There are 24 categories under which work may be submitted:

LA ACM SIGGRAPH: The Digital Artists of Jurassic Park

How did the digital dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" make their way into the ground-breaking movie in 1993? On the 20-year anniversary of the film, the digital artists who created the critters will come together in a panel that's sure to be memorable.


Learn the current process of color correction by some of the top people in the field. LA ACM SIGGRAPH & VES have designed this meeting to give you an overview on color science and where it stands today. Lynette Duensing and Jeremy Selan will describe how to analyze a shot for color grading LUT, and Log/linear grades. They will also cover in depth the DI workflows, how to use them.

Reservations required. More details here.