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14 Jul 2017
How Imageworks Pulled Off Homecoming’s Thrilling Climax
Tags: Film, Graphics, vfx

By Ian Failes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

Towards the end of Jon Watts’ "Spider-Man: Homecoming," the newest instalment of the Spider-Man franchise and now part of Marvel’s larger cinematic universe, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) makes a bold choice to try and thwart the efforts of Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), who is hell-bent on stealing Avengers weaponry from a plane — mid-flight — as it leaves New York.


14 Jun 2017
Inspired Saturday: A Masterclass with Borja Montoro
Tags: Animation, computer graphics, Film

By Jessica Fernandes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

April 29th, 2017. It’s a rainy day in Vancouver and most have only just had their first sip of coffee, but no one here seems to mind. They’re all too busy taking in the unforgettably inspiring Borja Montoro. Welcome to Spark CG Society’s day long masterclass in character design.


23 May 2017
"Smurfs: The Lost Village" - Imbuing Characters With Life
Tags: computer animation, computer graphics, Film

This is the second interview in a series by Jessica Fernandes about the animated film "Smurfs: The Lost Village." Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.


27 Apr 2017
The Computer Graphics Magic Behind "Smurfs: The Lost Village"
Tags: Film, Visual Effects

Written by Jessica Fernandes. Republished with permission from Spark CG Society.

"Smurfs: The Lost Village" is a visual treat. If you grew up reading the comics or watching the tv series, this year’s reboot film will feel visually familiar in all the right ways. A throwback to the original Peyo designs, the film features richly detailed environments, beautifully animated characters and FX that remind us of how an update to a 2D classic should be done.


21 Oct 2016
Visual Effects Society Names Ken Ralston Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement Award
Tags: Film, Graphics, Visual Effects

Source: VES Press Release

On October 20, 2016, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named multiple Academy Award®-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston as the recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his enormous contributions to filmed entertainment. The award will be presented at the 15th Annual VES Awards on February 7, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


"The Good Dinosaur: Effective Storytelling" with Tobin Jones
Tags: Animation, Film, Graphics

On Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Silicon Valley ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter will host a talk by Senior FX Technical Director Tobin Jones.

About the Talk


07 Jan 2016
A Matter of Illusion: Interview With James O'Brien
Tags: Film, Gaming, Graphics
By Cody Welsh

The average person is unlikely to be familiar with the concept of Digital Molecular Matter, though any member of the game-playing or movie-going public has almost certainly encountered it. Repeatedly.


VIEWFest 2015
Tags: Animation, featival, Film

VIEWFest is an international festival of 3D cinema and animation, organized every year by VIEW Conference. VIEWFest shows the best of the international animation festivals, first of all SIGGRAPH, thanks to a network that become larger every year and goes from Holland to Greece, from Germany to the USA; Turin is the Italian side of this network.


MetroCAF 2015
Tags: festival, Film, Graphics

MetroCAF is the annual NYC Metropolitan Area College Computer Animation Festival, organized by the New York City chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH. Started in 2003, MetroCAF has grown into the most important local festival of its kind. It provides an exciting opportunity for all students in the NYC metropolitan area to show their work, not only to their fellow students, but also to industry professionals.


The VFX of Chappie
Tags: chapters, Film, Visual Effects

Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH is excited to announce a wonderful panel presentation on the VFX of Chappie on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.


06 Jan 2015
Visual Effects: Are Computer Graphics Always the Answer?
Tags: Film, Graphics, Visual Effects
By Kristy Barkan

Up until the mid ‘90s, effects artists were people who made things with their hands. They wore paint-spattered clothing and rifled through tool boxes. They created aliens out of latex, turned foam into granite and constructed nine-foot spaceships from odds and ends found on dusty workshop shelves. The Millennium Falcon was a product of such physical craftsmanship, as was the creepy-yet-loveable E.T., the immaculate Discovery spacecraft in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Major Toht’s grisly melting head in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."


04 Nov 2014
Mortadelo and Filemon Film to Screen at SIGGRAPH Asia
Tags: Animation, Film, SIGGRAPH Asia

Mortadelo & Filemon is a beloved Spanish comic book series about the slapstick exploits of two secret agents in the TIA (Técnicos de Investigación Aeroterráquea, a spoof on the CIA). This year, the series has been adapted to a feature-length computer animated movie by Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios.


23 Sep 2014
J.J. Abrams to Receive VES Visionary Award
Tags: Film, Visual Effects

Today, the Visual Effects Society named renowned director J.J. Abrams as the next recipient of the VES Visionary Award.


12 Sep 2014
Joe Letteri on the VFX of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Tags: CIE, Film, Visual Effects
Interview by Chris Davison, Chief Correspondent for ACM Computers in Entertainment.

05 May 2014
Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Hosts a Night With Chris Landreth
Tags: Animation, chapters, Film

On Wednesday, May 14, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter will host an evening with Academy Award® winning filmmaker Chris Landreth. The event will include a screening of Landreth's short film "Subconscious Password," presented in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.


17 Feb 2014
Academy Honors Scientific & Technical Film Achievements
Tags: Awards, Film, Visual Effects
By Kristy Barkan. Interviews by Lindsay Coryne. Photography by Erin LK Reeve, except where otherwise noted.

28 Jan 2014
Spotlight on Art: A Chat with Star Trek Artist Rick Sternbach
Tags: art, Film, Graphics

Not many people can say that they've taught Scotty how to fly a spaceship. Or shown Captain Picard the basics of using a Macintosh computer. In fact, Rick Sternbach is the only person I know who can.


23 Dec 2013
Director Alfonso Cuarón Honored by Visual Effects Society
Tags: Awards, Film, Visual Effects

Gravity. Copyright © 2013 Warner Bros.

Today, the Visual Effects Society announced director Alfonso Cuarón as the recipient of its prestigious Visionary Award. Cuarón was selected for his remarkable achievements in the field of cinematic arts, not the least of which being his pivotal role in the creation of the year's most celebrated film, Gravity.


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