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    OSCARS Nominees 2017 – VISUAL EFFECTS
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    OSCARS Visual Effects Nominees 2017






    *WINNER*: THE JUNGLE BOOK
    VFX Studio: Moving Picture Company
    VFX Artists: Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
    Director: Jon Favreau
    Length: 1h 46min





    Nominee: DEEPWATER HORIZON
    VFX Studio: Industrial Light and Magic
    VFX Artists: Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
    Director: Peter Berg
    Length: 1h 47min





    Nominee: DOCTOR STRANGE
    VFX Studio: Industrial Light and Magic, Framestore
    VFX Artists: Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
    Director: Scott Derrickson
    Length: 1h 55min





    Nominee: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
    VFX Studios: Laika
    VFX Artists: Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
    Director: Travis Knight
    Length: 1h 41min





    Nominee: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
    VFX Studio: Industrial Light and Magic
    VFX Artists: John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould
    Director: Gareth Edwards
    Length: 2h 13min
    OSCARS Nominees 2016 – VISUAL EFFECTS
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    OSCARS Visual Effects Nominees 2016






    *WINNER*: EX_MACHINA
    VFX Studio: Double Negative
    VFX Artists: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett
    Director: Alex Garland
    Length: 1h 48min





    Nominee: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
    VFX Studio: Industrial Light and Magic
    VFX Artists: Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould
    Director: J.J. Abrams
    Length: 2h 15min





    Nominee: THE REVENANT
    VFX Studio: Industrial Light and Magic
    VFX Artists: Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith, Cameron Waldbauer
    Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
    Length: 2h 36min





    Nominee: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
    VFX Studios: iloura
    VFX Artists: Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams
    Director: George Miller
    Length: 2h





    Nominee: THE MARTIAN
    VFX Studio: Framestore, Moving Picture Company
    VFX Artists: Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner
    Director: Ridley Scott
    Length: 2h 24min
    BAFTA Special Visual Effects Nominees 2015
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    BAFTA Special Visual Effects Nominees 2015






    *WINNER*: INTERSTELLAR
    VFX Studio: Double Negative
    VFX Artists: Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter
    Director: Christopher Nolan
    Length: 2h 49min





    Nominee: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
    VFX Studio: Weta Digital
    VFX Artists: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett
    Director: Matt Reeves
    Length: 2h 10min





    Nominee: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
    VFX Studios: Framestore, Moving Picture Company
    VFX Artists: Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
    Director: James Gunn
    Length: 2h 1min





    Nominee: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
    VFX Studio: Weta Digital
    VFX Artists: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton
    Director: Peter Jackson
    Length: 2h 24min





    Nominee: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
    VFX Studio: Digital Domain, Framestore, Moving Picture Company
    VFX Artists: Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie
    Director: Bryan Singer
    Length: 2h 11min
    Own AVATAR On Blu-ray Now!
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    AVATAR Blu-ray UK Release Date
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    Dir: James Cameron

    It has been confirmed today that Avatar will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on April 26th 2010. As yet there is no word of a release date for the 3-D version of the film which will probably be announced when 3-D technology becomes mainstream and more affordable in the home, so it could be a while yet.
    AVATAR IMAX 3-D
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    Just got round to seeing Avatar in IMAX 3-D. Instantly, from the very first scene, you know that you are about to witness something special. The film is visually stunning and James Cameron utilises the 3-D effect brilliantly, using depth to the fullest without overly pushing the effect out of the screen. Some 3-D films try to exaggerate the effect unnecessarily, which causes image separation and is therefore hard for your eyes to adjust. The camera technology in this film is so good that your eyes don’t have to over compensate and the large polarising glasses retain the vibrant colours of the 2D version.

    The 3-D in Avatar is most effective and not surprisingly so, with scenes that have obvious depth, such as the sleeping pod room, the AMP suit hanger, the briefing room full of RDA soldiers or scenes high in the huge Home Tree, looking down to the distant jungle floor of Pandora below. The projected 1.78:1 image, which almost fills the huge 65ft x 48 ft IMAX screen, assists the 3-D effect so much so that it sometimes gives you the feeling of vertigo. The sheer size of the screen transports you into the lush alien world and seems to connect the audience more emotionally with the characters.

    One slight disappointment however was that, as IMAX is still projected from 70mm film (as opposed to being entirely digital) the orientation of the film running through the projector still produces a certain amount of blurring and strobing when there is a lot of fast motion on the screen. To help compensate for this, the 3-D separation is purposely held back by the compositors on certain action scenes, resulting in a less exaggerated effect, which seems to be more pleasing to watch.

    Is 3-D the future of cinema? Well for now it seems to be looking that way, especially on the IMAX screens, currently drawing audiences back with record breaking box office figures BoxOfficeMojo.com. If only the technology existed where IMAX 3-D was entirely digital and without the glasses. I think Avatars’ success though, is not only down to the new (ish) 3-D technology, but word of mouth about the breathtaking CG and quality of the performance capture, with some people even going back to see the film several times. The release of Avatar will hopefully push the technology along at a faster pace and we should start seeing quality non anaglyph 3-D in our homes sooner than expected.

    Although the story may have been told many times before and there are obviously influences from James Cameron’s other films, as it turns out, the film proves that this is definitely not a bad thing at all.

    THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX Trailer
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    Screenshot From The Tale of Despereaux


    Screenshot From The Film


    Artwork From The Film


    (Above) Low-Res YouTube Trailer. Download HD Trailer here


    The Tale of Despereaux is adapted from the children’s book by American author Kate DiCamillo and is the first sole film project for the Framestore-CFC Feature Animation Division.

    What first strikes you about the trailer is the cinematography and lighting. Although stylistically different to Pixar’s Ratatouille, it looks simply stunning with beautiful environment and character textures created in part by artist and CG Society moderator Leigh van der Byl The original childrens story book is available from Amazon.

    by Kate DiCamillo
    Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
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