This year, as I did in 2015, I am again compiling a list of which films I think will win during the Academy Awards.
Best Visual Effects
2015 seemed to be the Year of the Bear when it came to visual effects, but the Star Wars: The Force Awakens team at ILM created a wide range of fantastic and believable effects that are sure to win out. After snatching 4 trophies at the VES awards, there seems to be little doubt as to the outcome of this category.
Best Animated Feature Film
There is a strong showing of animated feature nominees this year, but sadly, Inside Out is the only film from the major U.S. studios to be nominated. And previous years have shown that mainstream appeal weighs heavily with Academy voters. Besides that, the film is wonderfully endearing and original and has already received accolades, including a Golden Globe and 10 Annies.
Best Sound Editing
After already having received a BAFTA, Lon Blender and Martin Hernandez are promising candidates for picking up an Oscar in this category for The Revenant. Beyond that, however, their work is excellent. The Soundworks Collection has some good interviews on The Revenant and other Oscar-nominated films for sound here.
Best Sound Mixing
The broader Academy typically lumps sound editing and sound mixing together, so I am also naming The Revenant here.
Emmanuel Lubezki, the Oscar-winning DP for Gravity, gets my vote for his outstanding camera work on The Revenant. I have yet to see the film, but the clips I have seen display excellent work by Mr. Lubezki.
See the full list of nominees here: http://oscar.go.com/nominees/animated-feature-film.
The VES Awards are again right around the corner and, as I did last year, I have listed my picks in each category and my thoughts on the visual effects of the different films, tv episodes, games, and commercials.
I recently finished up two compositing projects. In both cases, I was asked to replace the screens in the videos. The videos are below with a description of my process for each. Continue reading
Superpose is a plugin from Keller Software for The Foundry’s NUKE and Adobe After Effects that automatically cleans up backgrounds and removes unwanted foreground objects. It does this by statistically analyzing each pixel and recreating the background behind moving objects in an image sequence or video clip. It is not meant to create a perfect, end result but can create very good results. Continue reading
VFX Artist Francis L. Camacho has recently passed away. He worked as a senior and lead matchmover at some of the top studios in the industry, including MPC and Prime Focus World. More personally, however, he taught the matchmoving class at CGWorkshops that I attended in the summer of 2013. He was not a great teacher, but the things that I learned there have proven invaluable. As an artist and as a teacher, he is greatly missed.
Rest in Peace, Francis.
First of all, let me say that this has been 5 1/2 months in coming. I have finally made available a video that I shot last August for my town’s fire department, which was holding an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Hit the jump for the video and a short effects tutorial. Continue reading
The Foundry, along with shots, has posted a new webinar that provides insight into the strange world of visual effects. Continue reading