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The History of VFX Part Two: The Model Men

Published in Technology

From World War II to the 1980s, the model men and the optical effects units held sway in the world of movie VFX. Computers were on the way, but first the world's effects teams had to deal with the little problem of colour. By Andy Stout.

Drag and drop effects you can use with anything

Published in Post

Did you know you can get really classy effects that you simply drag and drop onto your timeline without using plugins?

How to write video effects for Lightworks

Published in Technology

Gary Hango, an expert in video effects and processing, is also an enthusiastic Lightworks user. In part 2 of this series, he introduces the language Lightworks uses to create video effects, and shows how you can write your own.

A cloud based studio?  Yes it’s possible and is already happening

FX Factory - new additions

Published in Post

It’s fully-featured for $399 or it’s a plug-in environment for free. It works with FCP 7, FCP X, Motion, AfterEffects and PremierePro. It’s a time-saver and a creative tool. It’s FxFactory

VFX news from Europe's IBC

Published in Post

Red-shark's VFX columnist, HaZ, reports on Visual Effects developments at Amsteram's IBC this year.

How they did the Effects in Prometheus

Published in Technology

It's a little late perhaps (the film was released in June 2012), but we came across this fantastic VFX breakdown for Prometheus. Early warning: There's a very big spoiler in it and this article - just in case you haven't seen the film yet

In part 2 of this series, experienced VFX Supervisor HaZ looks at the right and wrong ways to approach studios when you're looking for work

The History of VFX Part V: Optical Effects

Published in Production

Having charted the story of VFX in cinema in the first four parts, Andy Stout turns his attention to detailing the various techniques used over the past century, starting with optical effects. Dismiss them at your peril; after all this is how they made 2001

The Indie Movie Director and the $500m Blockbuster

Published in Post

For those wielding a semi-pro video camera and dreaming that one day they just might make it as the next Spielberg, look no further than Gareth Edwards and his recent monster hit, Godzilla.

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