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21 Aug 2018
Move Over T-Rex, Here Comes The Meg!
Tags: CG, Film, vfx

Move Over T-Rex, Here Comes The Meg!

By Marina Antunes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

Though much of The Meg is played for laughs, in part it’s what makes the movie such an enjoyable bit of entertainment to the tune of $200 million in worldwide box office in its first week, two things are definitely taken very seriously: the action and the titular megalodon, or “the Meg” for short.

CVMP 2018
Tags: Broadcast, computer graphics, Film

The 15th ACM SIGGRAPH European Conference on Visual Media Production
13–14 December 2018
London, UK

Welcome to the ACM SIGGRAPH European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP). For the years, CVMP has built a reputation as the prime venue for researchers to meet with practitioners in the Creative Industries.

08 Jun 2018
The Art of Solo’s Speeder Scene
Tags: Film, Spark CG Society, Star Wars

By Ian Failes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

You know you’re in a Star Wars film when one of the first big action set-pieces is a thrilling chase scene. Such is the beginning of Solo, where Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and his girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) make a getaway aboard a stolen speeder amid the industrial streets of Corellia.

17 Nov 2017
The Fun and Fiery Opening of Thor: Ragnarok
Tags: Animation, Film, Graphics

By Ian Failes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

Thor: Ragnarok opens with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) trapped by the fire demon Surtur. But not for long, as the God of Thunder soon battles the creature (and several others, including a dragon) before escaping back to Asgard.

The exciting sequence was crafted by Method Studios in Vancouver, and Iloura in Sydney. Overall visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison and Method visual effects supervisor Andrew Hellen outline how it was made.

06 Oct 2017
SIGGRAPH Peers Named Panelists and Moderator for 2017 San Pedro International Film Festival
Tags: festival, Film, news

Los Angeles, CA - The San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) celebrates its 6th anniversary presenting from October 5-15, 2017 in San Pedro’s historic waterfront district. SPIFFest has also announced it's moderator and panelists for its Production and Design Panel from SIGGRAPH's very own, Alex Bryant, Chelsea Roehl and Rebecca Yanis. To mark it's 6-year milestone, SPIFFest has it's expanded multimedia programming over two weekends, including music performances and latest technology innovations spotlighting virtual reality.  

17 Aug 2017
Crafting Valerian's Interdimensional Journey
Tags: computer graphics, Film, Visual Effects

By Ian Failes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

Perhaps the most talked about sequence in Luc Besson’s Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets is the interdimensional journey undertaken by the title character through a merchant world. Here, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) dons special goggles that enable him to be in two ‘worlds’ at once — a desert and the market world — as he attempts a secret mission.

29 Jul 2017
How Do You Animate an Emoji?
Tags: Animation, Film, Graphics

By Ian Failes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

We’ve all probably sent emojis from our smart phones, in our emails, and in messaging apps. Now Sony Animation has taken us into the animated film world of the ubiquitous ideograms with Tony Leondis’ The Emoji Movie.

14 Jul 2017
How Imageworks Pulled Off Homecoming’s Thrilling Climax
Tags: Film, Graphics, vfx

By Ian Failes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

Towards the end of Jon Watts’ "Spider-Man: Homecoming," the newest instalment of the Spider-Man franchise and now part of Marvel’s larger cinematic universe, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) makes a bold choice to try and thwart the efforts of Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), who is hell-bent on stealing Avengers weaponry from a plane — mid-flight — as it leaves New York.

14 Jun 2017
Inspired Saturday: A Masterclass with Borja Montoro
Tags: Animation, computer graphics, Film

By Jessica Fernandes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

April 29th, 2017. It’s a rainy day in Vancouver and most have only just had their first sip of coffee, but no one here seems to mind. They’re all too busy taking in the unforgettably inspiring Borja Montoro. Welcome to Spark CG Society’s day long masterclass in character design.

23 May 2017
"Smurfs: The Lost Village" - Imbuing Characters With Life
Tags: computer animation, computer graphics, Film

This is the second interview in a series by Jessica Fernandes about the animated film "Smurfs: The Lost Village." Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

27 Apr 2017
The Computer Graphics Magic Behind "Smurfs: The Lost Village"
Tags: Film, Visual Effects

Written by Jessica Fernandes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

"Smurfs: The Lost Village" is a visual treat. If you grew up reading the comics or watching the tv series, this year’s reboot film will feel visually familiar in all the right ways. A throwback to the original Peyo designs, the film features richly detailed environments, beautifully animated characters and FX that remind us of how an update to a 2D classic should be done.

21 Oct 2016
Visual Effects Society Names Ken Ralston Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement Award
Tags: Film, Graphics, Visual Effects

Source: VES Press Release

On October 20, 2016, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named multiple Academy Award®-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston as the recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his enormous contributions to filmed entertainment. The award will be presented at the 15th Annual VES Awards on February 7, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

"The Good Dinosaur: Effective Storytelling" with Tobin Jones
Tags: Animation, Film, Graphics

On Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Silicon Valley ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter will host a talk by Senior FX Technical Director Tobin Jones.

About the Talk

07 Jan 2016
A Matter of Illusion: Interview With James O'Brien
Tags: Film, Gaming, Graphics
By Cody Welsh

The average person is unlikely to be familiar with the concept of Digital Molecular Matter, though any member of the game-playing or movie-going public has almost certainly encountered it. Repeatedly.

VIEWFest 2015
Tags: Animation, featival, Film

VIEWFest is an international festival of 3D cinema and animation, organized every year by VIEW Conference. VIEWFest shows the best of the international animation festivals, first of all SIGGRAPH, thanks to a network that become larger every year and goes from Holland to Greece, from Germany to the USA; Turin is the Italian side of this network.

MetroCAF 2015
Tags: festival, Film, Graphics

MetroCAF is the annual NYC Metropolitan Area College Computer Animation Festival, organized by the New York City chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH. Started in 2003, MetroCAF has grown into the most important local festival of its kind. It provides an exciting opportunity for all students in the NYC metropolitan area to show their work, not only to their fellow students, but also to industry professionals.

The VFX of Chappie
Tags: chapters, Film, Visual Effects

Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH is excited to announce a wonderful panel presentation on the VFX of Chappie on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

06 Jan 2015
Visual Effects: Are Computer Graphics Always the Answer?
Tags: Film, Graphics, Visual Effects
By Kristy Barkan

Up until the mid ‘90s, effects artists were people who made things with their hands. They wore paint-spattered clothing and rifled through tool boxes. They created aliens out of latex, turned foam into granite and constructed nine-foot spaceships from odds and ends found on dusty workshop shelves. The Millennium Falcon was a product of such physical craftsmanship, as was the creepy-yet-loveable E.T., the immaculate Discovery spacecraft in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Major Toht’s grisly melting head in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

04 Nov 2014
Mortadelo and Filemon Film to Screen at SIGGRAPH Asia
Tags: Animation, Film, SIGGRAPH Asia

Mortadelo & Filemon is a beloved Spanish comic book series about the slapstick exploits of two secret agents in the TIA (Técnicos de Investigación Aeroterráquea, a spoof on the CIA). This year, the series has been adapted to a feature-length computer animated movie by Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios.