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Image Engine Tames "Chappie" Renders with PipelineFX's Qube!


A Q&A with Gino del Rosario, Head of Technology at Image Engine
Image Engine Tames
Image Engine was the primary VFX facility on "Chappie", so we were tasked with all the fight sequences, hard-surface character creation, live action animation, comps and lighting jobs that Neill Blomkamp and Sony Pictures requested. Our team consisted of about 150 people working out of the Vancouver office for about a year and half. Read More

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Rampant Design's 4KFree
Many companies gear up for NAB SHOW by offering free chotchkies or swag in the form of Tshirts, bottle openers, arm rests, or other items that production and post production teams use. Rampant has decided to launch their 4KFree initiative. Stock footage is something all editors can use. Read More
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Alan Bell's Unique Editing a la Fusion
Alan Bell's Unique Editing a la Fusion
Alan Edward Bell is the editor of The Hunger Games and shares with us today his highly specialized editing techniques. With an early career in a range of positions in visual effects and editing on such projects as "Duplicity," "A Few Good Men," "The Green Mile," "Water for Elephants," "The Amazing Spider-Man," and of course the more recent "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" Parts 1 and 2, Alan Bell explains why Fusion is a fundamental part of his very unique editing with compositing process. Read More
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Sapphire 8
Sapphire 8
It is no surprise that Genarts Sapphire sparks hold top marks in the world of high end compositing and visual effects, especially among Autodesk Flame and Smoke artists. The newest version, Sapphire 8 offers some spectacular new possibilities to Adobe After Effects artists as well. Read More
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AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger
AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger
Award-winning German Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger has captured several prominent national and international feature films over the years including "Chiko", "Blutzbrüdaz", and "Boy7" as well as documentaries like "Violinissimo" and "Cosmic Encounters 3D." Bolliger's latest documentary venture, "The School on Magic Mountain," recounts the story of one American teacher's mission to equip a group of students with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders. The principal shooting of the documentary, directed by Radek Wegrzyn and produced by Detailfilm, started in autumn 2014 in Switzerland and Sweden. Read More
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Fractal Visuals
Fractal Visuals
One might think an 18 year old film student would be just starting to learn the ropes of the film world. But John Byron Hanby IV, a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin, already has years of experience under his belt. He even started his own production company when he was just 16. Discovering his passion for filmmaking at age eight while making a documentary about his local martial arts studio, John began to dabble in short films and corporate videos. In December 2012, he founded his production company, Fractal Visuals. Read More
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Documentary Express
Documentary Express
Plenty of people move to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actor or filmmaker. In order to find regular work and make a successful career out of it, it really helps to learn the ropes from someone who has experienced it firsthand. It certainly takes a lot of hard work to be successful, as Michael Buffo knows. After all, not only has he found success as an actor and filmmaker, but he also began two production companies and a school to share his knowledge with the next generation of young actors and filmmakers. The MCOE site features a Digital Media Lab with computers and state of the art editing software, a black box theater, a high definition television studio with professional control rooms and a radio station designed for broadcast as well as podcast production. Read More
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"Only 78" Documentary Filmed With Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras
Jawad Mir is a Toronto based filmmaker who owns and runs two production companies: Film-Style Weddings and Sky Blue Productions. Film-Style Weddings offers high end wedding videography services, while Sky Blue Productions focuses on commercials and films. Jawad's passion for story telling is evident in both companies' productions. He aims to tell simple but meaningful stories in an insightful and powerful way. Jawad recently learned of a small coastal community in Nova Scotia, which is at risk of becoming uninhabitable on account of a deteriorating seawall. He has set out to make a documentary about the issue of various coastal communities. To tell the story of "Only 78," Jawad and his crew used two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve. Read More
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ASSIMILATE today announced SCRATCH(r) v8.2 and SCRATCH Lab(r) v8.2. This new release significantly expands metadata support with powerful functionality across many key areas of the software, The v8.2 release also introduces Live View(tm), giving DPs and DITs the ability to capture metadata from live camera feeds, grade live, and create looks; a new H.264 encoder licensed from Vanguard, providing optimized encoding capability for Windows and now for Mac OS; and Oculus Rift support, for grading and compositing VR shots in real-time, with or without a headset. Read More
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Digital Juice: Pilot Pro
Digital Juice: Pilot Pro
Digital Juice has been around as a company for nearly two decades, serving up stock footage for editors of all kinds. In the early days, Digital Juice delivered physical media to members. These days, the company is expanding the way it does business, so you can expand your business. A new PILOT SUBSCRIPTION program is going to help you get the most out of your Digital Juice experience. Read More
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Shooter Suite
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