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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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    Immersed in Movies: Digital Domain Talks 'Ender's Game' Zero-Gravity VFX

    As co-producer of "Ender's Game," Digital Domain 3.0 has a lot more at stake than cool zero-g and simulated battles in space. As one of LA's few remaining VFX studios, DD is experimenting with content creation as a new business model, and the rest of the industry is watching closely.

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    Watch: Don't Blink Or You'll Miss the Aging in this Short of Animated Still Photos

    We won't say much, except that we're super impressed by the subtle transformation that takes place over the course of five minutes in Anthony Cerniello's short "Danielle," which is meant to simulate the way our aging process goes unnoticed if others around us -- our friends, family, leaders, and ido...

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    Watch: This is How People Fall in the Movies

    We all know the scene well. A character is going through great mental anguish, or needs to prove to themselves their new superpower, or are being cornered by an evildoer...and all of a sudden, they fall off a ledge.

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    Immersed in Movies: Neill Blomkamp Talks 'Elysium,' Sci-Fi, VFX (TRAILER)

    "Elysium" director Neill Blomkamp discusses going more commercial and the have and have nots of his movies and the VFX industry.

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    Immersed in Movies: ILM Rearms for 'Pacific Rim' VFX (FEATURETTE)

    If there's a mid-year front-runner for the VFX Oscar, it's definitely Industrial Light & Magic's exceptional work on Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," which is more than just rock 'em sock 'em robots vs. monsters. Aside from the masterfully animated Jaegers and Kaiju, there's also the complex ligh...

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    Immersed in Movies: Pulling Off a New VFX Twist for 'White House Down'

    Uncharted Territory, which has become a model of efficiency and innovation during these precarious times for the VFX industry, came up with a new concept for handling Roland Emmerich's "White House Down": management and quality control rather than creating the bulk of the effects in-house.

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