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  • Balancing Digital Cinema, 3D And Water In “Life Of Pi”

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    The prospect of working with director Ang Lee excited DP Claudio Miranda, but he didn’t expect he’d get the chance.  When Miranda received the call to discuss the feature adaptation of “Life of Pi” with Lee, he knew another person had been lined up to shoot the film.  He expected the conversation to sink faster…

     

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  • Shooting The 3D Waterworld Of “Sanctum”

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    When Alister Grierson agreed to direct “Sanctum,” he inherited a bundle of overwhelming challenges.  In addition to the difficulty created by shooting a 3D epic in low-light conditions underwater with a tight budget and safety concerns restricting location shooting, a particular producer named James Cameron was overseeing the entire project.   “Jim wasn’t going to…

     

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  • The New Face Behind SMPTE

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    Barbara Lange found herself in a curious position: balancing the tried and true patterns of a long-running event and incorporating her own perceptions of the event’s goals and direction with rapidly changing technologies.  On October 26-28th, members of the SMPTE community as well as anyone interested in learning about the changes affecting the film and…

     

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  • DirecTV Brings 3D To A Television Near You

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    Over the last three years, there has been an increasing stream of 3D fare hitting the cineplexes.  As more and more viewers embrace the stereoscopic technology, the natural progression would be to introduce 3D to the home.  Although manufacturers have introduced 3D televisions to the market, programmers have been slow to embrace 3D for the…

     

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  • Embracing 3D Technology

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      “Everyone sees 3D different,” said Rob Engle, Senior Stereographer & Digital Effects Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks.                                                                                                     Engle was the program host for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  “Getting Perspective III – Exploring the Craft of 3D Technology.”  Broken into three evening sessions: Virtual 3D (Animation, Motion Capture and Conversion),…

     

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  • Highlights From The 3D Entertainment Summit

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    Bob Dowling, President of the Bob Dowling Group and co-producer of the 3D Entertainment Summit, kicked off the two-day event September 16th with a summary of the successful 3D grosses.   Looking over a crowd that nearly doubled in size since the inaugural 3D Summit held in January and seeing exhibitors increase from seven to 27,…

     

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  • Plummeting Food Challenge Falls on “Meatball” Team

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      Take two veteran TV writer/producer/directors, one talented visual effects supervisor, pounds of hamburgers, and a giant jello mold, garnish with animation and develop for two years,  serve with 3D glasses and enjoy “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”   The Writer/Producer/Directors    Phil Lord and Chris Miller met at Dartmouth College where they were…

     

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  • Hope And Hereos: From The Red Carpet To Promotion

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    Fur was in on the El Capitan Theatre’s red carpet July 19th, when a massive crowd braved triple digit temperatures to witness the world premiere of Disney’s “G-Force.” “G-Force” follows a team of highly trained guinea pigs: Darwin (Sam Rockwell), Blaster (Tracy Morgan) and Juarez (Penelope Cruz) who, aided by mole Speckles (Nicolas Cage), are…

     

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  • ComicCon: The Benefit To Below-The-Line

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    Where can one view an LED glove worn by Michael Jackson and a model spaceship used on the film “Alien,” catch a sneak peak of disaster movie “2012” and obtain signatures from movie stars, directors, writers, and artists of all kinds?  ComicCon is that one stop shopping experience for fans of all things television, movies,…

     

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  • Second Unit Has A Technical Effect On Film

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    The workload of a second unit director can differ depending on the nature of the project.  On the recent release, “Public Enemies,” Bryan Carroll let the sky be the limit for his responsibilities. “My role involved the aerial shots,” said Carroll.  “My job as second unit director was to help build the journey of the…

     

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  • The PGA’s Produced By Conference

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    By: Marjorie Galas When it came to producing a three day conference complete with two mixers and an award presentation, the Producers Guild of America did not disappoint.   The Produced By Conference kicked off its weekend program June 5th at the Paramount Studios Lot with a cocktail social.   The following two days, 900+ registered…

     

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  • G-Force: The Men Behind The Guinea Pigs

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    A young boy told his father that he thought his classroom’s pet guinea pig had a secret life as a special agent.  His father, visual effects master Hoyt Yeatman, became inspired by the concept and fleshed out a story.  He told a friend about this creation.  The friend, master producer Jerry Bruckheimer, saw the potential…

     

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