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Visual Effects

The Celluloid Ceiling Is Positioned Much Lower Than You Think

Mary Liz Thomson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Media
Mary Liz Thomson

I'll never forget one of the first visual effects networking events I went to right after graduating at the top of my class. I expected to be able to mingle and make new contacts as a fellow professional in cool 3D software. Instead, I've never been groped so much in my life.

We Can Keep the Visual Effects Industry Here in the U.S.

Gary A. Olson | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

As the 86th Academy Awards celebrated excellence in the film industry a few weeks ago, hundreds of visual effects professionals converged on Hollywood...

Paper Dragon Illusion: Mind-boggling

Bryan Farha | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
Bryan Farha

It is simply a paper cutout from complex angles that are joined together to create this wonderful sensory stimulation. Enjoy.

Feast Your Eyes On These Huge Bubble Explosions

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts

You can never be too old to enjoy a good bubble burst, and hopefully you can never be too jaded to enjoy gigantic bubble bursts... in slow motion. ...

Six Months After Protest, Very Few Answers for LA Visual Effects Work

Brian Formo | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Brian Formo

Like the boy in Life of Pi, the Los Angeles visual effects worker has been stranded at sea, unaware of which direction will most likely lead to shore. The loss of film jobs in LA isn't something new. In fact, visual effects are just the last to leave.

Assembling a Chair

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Art causes even more problems than it solves, when it questions foregone conclusions and assumptions. And unlike assembling a chair, there isn't one way to do it right and you can't know what it's going to look like by studying the box.

The Visual Effects (VFX) Paradox

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
John Tarnoff

How can it be that almost every movie (and every big-grossing movie!) out there is VFX-driven, and yet one of the top companies in the industry has to file Chapter 11?

Skulls, Static, and Mannequins Heads

Posted 02.03.2012 | Arts

Maybe we have a secret soft spot for mannequin heads or maybe it's just our favorite weird video of the week, but "Motion Feel," the latest offering f...

The Real Wizards of Oz Deserve Better Treatment

Eric Roth | Posted 02.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Eric Roth

While visual effects-driven films are the ones that clean up at the box office, the visual effects artists who make the magic possible often are not adequately compensated or recognized.

WATCH: Bar Designed By The Oscar-Winning Creator of 'Alien'

Posted 12.02.2011 | Arts

The world of surrealist painter and Oscar-winning visual effects wizard H.R. Giger is frightening for most of us. Known for dehumanizing bio-mechanica...

WATCH: Black Swan Visual Effects Techniques Revealed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

If you found yourself mesmerized by Black Swan's sinister sets, watching the visual effects reel may feel like waking from a hallucination. The video ...

Feds Sues Lucasfilm for Undermining VFX Artists

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lee Stranahan

The unions may have just gotten a Christmas present from two of the biggest, most well-known names in the worlds of animation and visual effects.

Give Megan Fox's Transformers Money To Artists Who Deserve It

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lee Stranahan

It's time for the studios to take care of the people who are making them money. It's time to stop underpaying the hard working talent that drives profits and overpaying the spoiled and irrelevant.

Open Letter To James Cameron: Fairness For Visual Effects Artists

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lee Stranahan

Visual effects artists typically work with no contract, no paid vacation, no benefits, and often no paid overtime. And because of the nature of the work health problems are common.

WATCH: The Amazing (Oscar Nominated) Effects Of Benjamin Button

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lee Stranahan

I realized I'd been tricked by Button's digital performance, so I spoke to a number of other working visual effects people and almost all of them were fooled, too.