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    Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

    As expected, "12 Years a Slave" earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while "Gravity" dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mi...

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    Anatomy of a Scene: Dissecting the Bravura 'Gravity' Opening

    The extraordinary 13-minute opening of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" is like a mini-movie, setting up the zero-gravity world in space, the two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the mood, the tension, the crisis, and the metaphor. I break it down with Oscar-nominated cinematographe...

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    'Gravity,' 'Frozen' Big VES Awards Winners

    As expected, Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" dominated the 12th annual VES Awards, grabbing six trophies at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday night, including outstanding visual effects-driven feature, while Disney's "Frozen" went four for four, including outstanding animated feature (a first for the studio).

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    Crafts Roundup: Talking VFX with the Five Oscar Nominees

    The "Gravity" juggernaut, the surprising entry of "The Lone Ranger," the new and improved "Iron Man 3," the ascendance of "Star Trek Into Darkness" and the J.J. Abrams factor, and the power of the eponymous dragon from "The Desolation of Smaug." We reflect on the great year for VFX with the lead sup...

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    Does the Academy Need a Visual Imaging Category?

    With VFX taking a much more prominent role in the virtual lighting of hybrid movies, the question of who's responsible for cinematography in evaluating Oscar contenders has prompted the Academy to consider a new visual imaging category. Obviously the discussion has intensified with "Gravity's" Emman...

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    The VFX Bakeoff: Mixing Old School and New School

    The Academy's VFX branch voted for the five nominees Thursday night, and while frontrunners "Gravity," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," and "Pacific Rim" wowed the packed Samuel Goldwyn Theater, "World War Z," "The Lone Ranger," and "Oblivion" put on impressive presentations. The remaining con...

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    Weta's Joe Letteri Talks Animating the Smaug Dragon for 'The Hobbit'

    Peter Jackson's well-received second "Hobbit" movie, "The Desolation of Smaug," contains a greater variety of VFX. But, of course, the centerpiece for Weta Digital is Smaug (voiced with menace and charm by Benedict Cumberbatch), the best CG-animated dragon ever created and sure to make a great impre...

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    Crafts Roundup: Handicapping the VFX Oscar Race

    The VFX Oscar race has come down to zero-gravity and an innovative light box, a menacing dragon, Jaegers vs. Kaiju, three dystopian adventures, a "Star Trek" reboot with Khan, "Lone Ranger" train mayhem, and two Marvel superhero stalwarts. So let's go under the hood in anticipating the likely ammuni...

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    Ten Visual Effects Movies Made It to Oscar Shortlist, More Got Robbed

    Here's why the ten visual effects Oscar frontrunners landed on the Shortlist. Who will make the final five? Only the January 9 bakeoff will tell.

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    Peter Jackson, Joe Letteri and Weta Digital to Receive Producers Guild 2014 Vanguard Award

    The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will honor Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital with the Producers Guild’s 2014 Vanguard Award, which recognizes advancements in new media and technology. It will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Janu...

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