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    Immersed in Movies: Zemeckis Talks 'Flight' and the 'Digital Stew'

    While "Flight" marks Robert Zemeckis' return to live-action, he rejects the notion that he spent the last decade wandering in the virtual woods with performance capture. In fact, the Oscar-winning director likes to quote Francois Truffaut in explaining that his movies have always been about "truth a...

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    Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Cloud Atlas' VFX

    "Cloud Atlas" might not approach the VFX intensity or complexity of "The Matrix" trilogy or "Speed Racer," but it still required the same level of sophistication and flexibility that the Wachowskis demand. After all, you've got six stories about reincarnation spanning 500 years with the same actors ...

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    Immersed in Movies: The VFX Tipping Point?

    With Digital Domain Media sinking like the Titanic and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but Searchlight Capital Partners coming to the rescue and buying its Oscar-winning VFX division ("Titanic" and "Benjamin Button") for $15 million...

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    Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'The Avengers' and Handicapping the VFX Oscar Race

    Unlike the Oscar race for best animated feature, there's already a clear front-runner for VFX: "The Avengers," with its dazzling work from Industrial Light & Magic (especially the Hulk). Of course, there's still quite a heated race ahead when Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hits ...

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    Immersed in Movies: Halon Partners with Minimo Vfx on New Previs Process

    Previs boutique Halon Entertainment ("The Hunger Games," "Prometheus," "Life of Pi") has formed a partnership with Minimo Vfx of Barcelona that will usher in a new "build it once" philosophy for CG creatures during pre-production. This will avoid the duplication of making them again later on during ...

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    Immersed in Movies: Previewing Art and Science at SIGGRAPH, with Muren, Letteri, Trumbull, Landau, Deakins

    The prestigious computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH has always been about the convergence of art and science. It's a place to showcase the latest and greatest advancements driving the industry's blockbuster work in VFX and animation. This year, the 39th edition returns to the LA Convention Center ...

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    Immersed in Movies: Dissecting 'Prometheus' with Scripter Damon Lindelof and VFXers

    While it's not surprising that critics and journos are deeply divided over "Prometheus," it helps to have low expectations. In my case, I came away with more than I expected. I found Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi enthralling. He seems to have transcended the "Alien" universe by combining it with "...

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    Immersed in Movies: VFX Vet Dean Wright Talks Directing Mexico Period Drama 'For Greater Glory'

    Dean Wright is the latest VFXer to cross over into directing with "For Greater Glory" (opening tomorrow in limited release), following in the footsteps of James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Andrew Adamson...

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    Immersed in Movies: 'Tree of Life' Tech Visionary Trumbull Talks Future Cinema

    Douglas Trumbull's been on a mission to improve the theatrical moviegoing experience for decades. Digital technology has finally caught up with need, and the tech guru ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), who believes he can do something about reviving a sense of showmanship with superior-looking, mind-blowin...

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