Autodesk switches to subscription-only model

Published in Post & VFX

3D tools company Audodesk is set to follow Adobe’s lead, dropping single product licence fees in favour of a subscription-based system for users of its design, animation and post production products.

Oscar-nominated VFX: Guardians of the Galaxy breakdown

Published in Post & VFX

In our next installment of our series highlighting 2015's Oscar nominees for Best Visual Effects, we look at Guardians of the Galaxy, one of three VFX nominees featuring characters from the all-conquering Marvel Universe.

Making the break into the big time

Published in Post & VFX

Daniel G. Roberts talks to VFX artist and indie film director David Guivant, a man whose stunning low budget works have propelled him from his native New Caledonia to the verge of some seriously big things.

X-Men: Days of Future Past holds a very special distinction for its franchise: it is the first X-Men film nominated for the Academy Award in Best Visual Effects. Here we celebrate the film by sharing two illuminating and visually sumptuous VFX breakdowns.

Weta Digital is at it again! This time, the red-hot VFX house is inventing new ways to overrun the Earth with primates, as evidenced by an illuminating behind the scenes featurette for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

French VFX Facility BUF Compagnie to make software public

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A French Revolution:The name BUF Compagnie is not always the first company to leap to mind when one thinks of the world’s top VFX houses, but you’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t been dazzled regularly by the company’s work. And soon, reports guest author Neal Romanek you will be able to buy the software that produced it. 

VFX protests mar the Oscars

Published in Business

Red Shark correspondents have written about some of the travails affecting the VFX industry before, but at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night protests made the news as well.

Blender: Jack of all trades, but in a good way!

Published in Post & VFX

Anyone working with digital tools today has a wide choice of applications for specialized tasks. An office suite consists of a program for writing text, one for spreadsheets, presentations, a database etc. For a VFX workflow you might use a tool for tracking, one for compositing, one for editing, various tools for simulations and specialized applications for modelling, sculpting, texturing and animation. RedShark contributor and Blender expert Gottfried Hoffmann reports

In Part 1 of this 3 part series about applying for Jobs in the VFX Industry, RedShark's reporter HaZ, uses his experience as a VFX Supervisor and Producer to explain what he looks for in the in an application: what really works to get his attention - and what turns him off

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.

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