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    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
    BAFTA Animated Feature Nominees 2012
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    *Winner*: RANGO
    Studio: Industrial Light and Magic
    Voiced by: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant
    Director: Gore Verbinski
    Length: 107 minutes





    Nominee: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN
    Studio: Weta Digital
    Voiced by:  Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
    Director:  Steven Spielberg
    Length: 107 minutes





    Nominee: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
    Studio: Aardman, Sony Pictures Animation
    Voiced by: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
    Directors:  Sarah Smith, Barry Cook 
    Length: 97 minutes
    The Art of DISTRICT 9 Concept Book
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    The Art of District 9 by Daniel Falconer



    Dropship Concept CG Model Paintover



    MNU Vehicle Concept CG Model Paintover


    The book includes some excellent concept art by Greg Broadmore. View more District 9 concepts on Greg’s website
    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.

    DISTRICT 9 Blu-ray Release
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    Dir: Neill Blomkamp


    Released on Blu-ray today in the UK. Believe the reviews, District 9 employs some groundbreaking film making from first time feature director Neill Blomkamp Behind the scenes info District 9: Making Of
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