20 Contenders Advance in VFX Oscar Race

LOS ANGELES – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 88th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Ant-Man
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Chappie
  • Everest
  • Ex Machina
  • Furious Seven
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • In the Heart of the Sea
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  • The Revenant
  • Spectre
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Terminator Genisys
  • Tomorrowland
  • The Walk

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary shortlist. This year, in the Visual Effects category, the number of eligible films initially shortlisted for further consideration was increased to a maximum of 20 titles. The number of films that will be shortlisted for nominations voting remains at 10, which will be announced later this month.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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b’Ars, Barcelona International Arts & VFX Fair, is coming

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We’re delighted to announce that b’Ars 2015 – Barcelona International Arts&Vfx fair – is coming!

It will take place from 11th to the 14th of June, in a brand new location in the heart of Barcelona, the “Convents dels Angel”.

b’Ars is a highly specialized fair that wants to give VFX industry a new focus by gathering the industry’s best creative talent in a fun and playful way. The event is aimed at both professionals and students, with a special focus on the artistry of the film-making process and cloud VFX production.

There will be masterclasses, conferences, a job fair, exhibitors zone and much more!

The fair boasts a stunning line up of speakers (ILM´s VFX Supervisor John Knoll, Pixar’s animator, Victor Navone, Christian Alzmann from ILM, MPC’s Head of Rigging, Tom Reed, Disney Animation‘s Lighting Supervisor Alessandro Jacomini or Grangel Studio Exhibitionn and many, many more both local and international talents and professionals) plus other fantastic live events and activities.

Full details can be seen in the programme here (Times are subject to change)

Please visit their website for all the updates and details: www.barsvfx.com.

Winners of the 13th Annual VES Awards

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Visual Effects Society Announces Winners of the 13th Annual VES Awards

Big Hero 6 is the Big Hero with 5 Awards; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Tops the Feature Film Category; Game of Thrones and SSE Lead in Broadcast and Commercial Wins

 

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Phil Tippett Quote

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In the olden days, producers knew what visual effects were. Now they’ve gotten into this methodology where they’ll hire a middleman – a visual effects supervisor, and this person works for the producing studio. They’re middle managers. And when you go into a review with one of them, there’s this weird sort of competition that happens. It’s a game called ‘Find What’s Wrong With This Shot’. And there’s always going to be something wrong, because everything’s subjective. And you can micromanage it down to a pixel, and that happens all the time. We’re doing it digitally, so there’s no pressure to save on film costs or whatever, so it’s not unusual to go through 500 revisions of the same shot, moving pixels around and scrutinizing this or that. That’s not how you manage artists. You encourage artists, and then you’ll get – you know – art. If your idea of managing artists is just pointing out what’s wrong and making them fix it over and over again, you end up with artists who just stand around asking “OK lady, where do you want this sofa? You want it over there? No? Fine. You want it over there? I don’t give a fuck. I’ll put it wherever you want it.” It’s creative mismanagement, it’s part of the whole corporate modality. The fish stinks from the head on down. Back on Star Wars, Robocop, we never thought about what was wrong with a shot. We just thought about how to make it better.

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