There has been a lot of focus and attention on the new Blackmagic URSA Mini and its abilities, such as a 15 stop dynamic range, well thought out ergonomics and lighter weight than the full size URSA. However one of its hidden talents may also be one of the most ground breaking, especially given the company's acquisition of the Fusion VFX software.
Recently at Red Shark Towers a friend sent us a link to an HD scan of the title sequence from the iconic UK children's TV series, Thunderbirds. Proving that smooth CGI and eye-popping VFX isn't always necessary, this show has obsessed generations in the UK, despite the fact that it was essentially a puppet show with a few explosions in.
Here's a great video that shows the intensive research and development that goes into creating an iconic VFX shot
If you haven’t come across Joe Schenkenberg (better known as Joey Shanks) and his PBS Digital Studios show Shanks FX, it’s perhaps time you did as it is a fairly awesome How To mix of home-brew practical effects using household items and digital refinement.