Visual effects Oscar noms

The Best Visual Effects Oscar nominations are:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, Craig Barron

The Dark Knight – Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber, Paul Franklin

Iron Man
– John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick, Shane Mahan

Transmediale 2009

Dal 28 gennaio al 1 febbraio 2009 si svolgerà a Berlino la nuova edizione di Transmediale.
Tema di quest’anno è Deep North, dedicato alle più profonde zone di sensibilità artistica e culturale, e ai processi di trasformazione che coinvolgono le regioni desertiche e polari, fino ai profondi mutamenti della tecnologia moderna.

Vorrei segnalare due eventi:

WED 28.01.22:00 MARIA AM OSTBAHNHOF – 2nd Stage

Première per ClubTransmediale 09: Raster Noton ( vale a dire il duo Carten NicolaiOlaf Bender ), presenta per la prima volta Rhythm Screen, performace che li vede giocare con luci, suoni ed architettura allo stesso tempo.

Superfici a specchio rifletteranno e spezzerano proiezioni video controllate dalla musica.

(Carsten Nicolai), Byetone (Olaf Bender), SND e Frank Bretschneider creeranno per gli spettatori un ambiente immersivo, un complesso gomitolo di sinestesie, una “dancehall senza tempo”, come l’hanno definite.

raster-noton – archiv für ton und nichtton è il sito gestito da Carsten Nicolai e Olaf Bender ed è sostanzialmente una piattaforma/network che racchiude arte, scienza, e quant’altro. Raster-Noton nasce dalla fusione di due etichette rastermusic e noton (nel 1999) e si dedica all’esplorazione sistematica e radicale del concetto di minimalismo elettronico, a partire dal packaging del catalogo fino alla composizione audiovisiva e alle opere d’arte installativa.

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Corpora in Si(gh)te Jan 27 – Mar 8 (opening: jan 26, 19:00) at- CHB – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin


Installazione già presentata a Venezia alla fine del 2008, Corpora in Si(gh)te crea, attraverso l’uso di un gran numero di sensori che interagiscono tra loro e creano una maglia di connessioni partendo dai dati raccoli ) potenza del vento, umidità, luminosità, temperatura…), una struttura architettonica che potremmo più che altro definire un vero e proprio corpo dinamico. Un organismo vivente che ci propone una rappresentaizone in continuo mutamento dello spazio circostante. Corpora è una costruzione virtuale in continuo cambiamento, la quale progetta una struttura architettonica nello spazio reale con l’aiuto di un programma speciale, accordando continuamente gli elementi esistenti dello spazio e i movimenti realizzatisi nello spazio.

Un progetto di doubleNegatives Architecture (dNA), studio che comprende architetti, designer, sound & visual artists e grafici (da Giappone, Svizzera ed Ungheria) , il cui “leader” è l’architetto Sota Ichikawa, famoso per i suoi studi riguardo mezzi e metodi di misurazione dello spazio (progetto Gravicells – Gravity and Resistance, in collaborazione con Seiko Mikami,).

“La struttura Corpora si adatta al suo ambiente come un organismo vivo, reagisce ai cambiamenti dell’ambiente, offrendo cosi la visione di un’architettura che vive in un’armonia dinamica con il suo ambiente .
Corpora genera il dialogo tra le possibili interpretazioni dell’architettura organica, diverse tra di loro nel tempo, tradizione e tecnologia, ma vicine nella visione; i costruttori dimostrano la trasformazione del pensiero architettonico tradizionale: siamo di fronte alla testimonianza del movimento convergente di architettura, design e media art.”
(brano tratto dall’introduzione al catalogo di Gyula Július)
Concept, design, programming & technical realization:
doubleNegatives Architecture

Corpora project core members:
Sota Ichikawa (architect)
Max Rheiner (artist, soft- hardware developer)
Ákos Maróy (software artist)
Kaoru Kobata (designer)

+Corpora in Si(gh)te members:
Satoru Higa (sound artist, programmer)
Hajime Narukawa (architect, structure engineer)

Articolo redatto da Alessandra Leone

Poll: Down Time


Based on our previous poll regarding the economy, it seems many people have more spare time on their hands these days. There are a lot of great things you could do with that time—but I’m curious about what you’re actually doing.

Just to be clear, I’m not curious about what you’re doing once you get home from work. I’m wondering how you’re spending all those extra hours while you’re supposedly “on the job.” Select all that apply:

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Photo: Jason Mouratides

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Poll: Down Time

Matchmoving and Boujou

I have used Boujou and I really like it. In boujou you can switch over to a camera view and see a mock version of your camera and the move in 3D space………….can you see the same type of view in Matchmover and PFTrack? (the camera moving and you can swivel around the camera and zoom in on the line of movement)

Best VFX Noms for Oscar Announced

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man…nationCategory

Vfx charges? Rate cards

I would like to know what are the current industry bidding in the vfx industry…

I heard that people stating that for a good vfx intensive movie the fares are 20 Million USD and for small ones goes as low as 4 millionUSD..

but in general how much it costs to get the vfx done for the movies..


per sec cost?

BgPrep ( which includes rig removal and rotoscoping )

3d shots?

I saw the mill rate card……_london_08.pdf

Is the fare for shake 2000 GBP per man day? is it that expensive to get work done in London?

Henrik Vibskov

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Top 5 iPhone Apps for Visual Effects

It seems in this town, once you become a VFX Supervisor someone issues you a MacBook Pro and an iPhone. The iPhone for me has been a great tool for presenting previz and work in progress to clients on set and has proven indispensable in settling bar bets with grips and gaffers. Of course one of the best things about this little marvel from Cupertino is the applications you can put on it. Here’s my top 5 for VFX production.



So of all the things I always manage to forget in VFX kit bag, my inclinometer always ends first on that list. But you know what I never forget? My iPhone! Enter Clinometer, turn it on it’s side and it becomes a pretty darn accurate slope finder. I compared it to an old school analog angle finder and came out with the same results. The coolest thing about this app though is if you lay it flat the whole interface turns into a bubble level. You can lock the angle for easy transcription later but it doesn’t have the ability to save, catalogue or email readings.



A common question I get as a Supe is “How many stops apart should the pics for my HDRs be?”. First of all, when gathering bracketed exposures for generating HDRs (I use Photomatix but CS4 makes ‘em too) you want to make sure you change the shutter speed not the aperture. That way the depth of field won’t vary between exposures. There is no magic number to how different each exposure should be as long as the difference is consistent and travels from almost completely blown out to nearly black. I used to take test exposures, find the high and low end and do the math on a notepad to figure out what my shutter speeds should be. In HdrHelper, enter the start and end exposures and how many pictures you want to take and presto! It figures out the rest for ya.



So if you are like me inspiration and/or panic can come at any time. You may be driving or away from our notepad and need to record a specific piece of info. What Jott does is turn your iPhone into a mini dictation machine. You just talk into it and after a few moments Jott transcribes what you said (watch out for super techy words) and lets you file the written tidbits away for later. To get started you have to sign up for there website from which you can send your notes as emails, SMS and the like. That’s the good news. The bad news is, what was previously free will now be a pay service as of February 2nd. Sign up for the free now and you still may be able to get the 10% coupon code when they start making us pay.

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Dropbox is a web app kinda like iDisk with two large exceptions, you can use it on the iPhone and it works. Signup for an account online and you get 2GB of disk space free and little app for your desktop. The desktop app puts a folder on your system and every time you write to it Dropbox uploads the file to your site and assigns it a url where you can access it from any web browser including Safari on the iPhone. The great thing is if you put a text file, pdf, jpg or iPhone supported movie in the Dropbox folder your desktop, you can see it immediately on the iPhone side. I use a program called TaskPaper to make my todo lists. Taskpaper saves in plaintext so I just keep the file in my Dropbox folder and I always have it with me. Oh did I mention that you can share folders and files with your iPhone brethren?


Google Docs

Another web app but one that can really help you with gathering data on set. As you may know Google Docs allows you to create documents, presentations and spreadsheets via a web interface that you can then share with others. What you may not be familiar with is a document type called a form. With forms, you can set up a series of questions that you can post or email. After you fill out the form and submit it, Google posts the data from the form into a master spreadsheet. The forms show up great on the iPhone and when you come home at the end of a long day on set, all of your data is nicely timestamped and thrown into a spreadsheet for you. Here’s how it works..

  • Open up your browser and make a new form from the dropdown menu in Google docs.
  • Fill out the title and description of the form then add the questions you want to show up in the spreadsheet. When you are all done, click on the “Email this form” button. Open up the email on your iPhone and follow the link. Here is a screenshoot of a form I made for VFX on-set data.
  • Bookmark the link and bring it up on the go when you need to enter data. When you get back to the office, you will see that Google Docs has happily created a spreadsheet for you with the same title as the form. All the data you entered into the form is now placed in the spreadsheet through the magic of technology. Like this…
  • You can edit the form, email it, or embed it into a your own blog or web page from the Form menu when you are editing the spreadsheet.

This is great for gathering info anywhere and also for gathering from multiple sources at once. Anyone who has access to the form can enter data into the same spreadsheet. That way you can have multiple people entering data at the same time! Who says a VFX Supe can’t have there butt in two places at once?

LINK to the VFX Data spreadsheet used in this post (you need a Google account if you want to save yourself a copy)

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Simon Hoegsberg’s 100m Photo

Simon Hoegsberg is a 32-year-old photographer from Denmark. He has completed a photograph he spent the last 17 months making. The photograph is 100 meters long (100 m x 78 cm), and is about the uniqueness of ‘ordinary’ people.

The title of the photograph is ‘We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence’.

Ceci n’est pas une publicité

Attenzione: questo non è uno spot. Sì, magari vien reclamizzato un prodotto, magari si tratta delle nuove sneakers Lacoste in edizione limitata, ma questo non è uno spot. E’ piuttosto un cortometraggio, un piccolo delirio surrealista d’icone francesi: la baguette, la tour Eiffell, il can-can ed un onnipresente basco.

Regia del duo Stéphane Rogeon e Ludovic Vernhet, in arte SL Co., e post-produzione della francese Mathematics; un visual pulito e lineare, suggestivo nella sua semplicità.

Le sneakers le potete trovare da Colette, a Parigi, il video lo trovate qui.

Clicca sull’immagine per vedere il video




Cliente: Lacoste X Shoes Up Magazine
Produzione: The Ebeling Group / UFO / Les Telecreateurs
Regia: Sl-Co / Ludovic Vernhet@UFO
Animazione: Ufo/Sl-Co
Post-Produzione: Mathematic

Articolo redatto da Didier Falzone