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Aaron Sims: Previs and Visual FX Design

Aaron Sims: Previs and Visual FX Design

Aaron Sims talked to Creative COW about his work on the much-lauded TV series "Falling Skies," as well as summer VFX hits "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Sims is also working on a feature-length version of his short "Archetype."

Feature
Aaron Sims
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring Jaws

Restoring Jaws

Universal Pictures is celebrating its 100 years of filmmaking with a list of 100 of its most notable films, thirteen of which will be restored. Jaws is one of those films, and in this article, we take you back into the water to find out just how safe it is to scan an original negative and bring Jaws back to life.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Who Shot Rock & Roll - Arclight Productions

Who Shot Rock & Roll - Arclight Productions

Arclight Productions just finished an original documentary short, inspired by and presented at the Annenberg Space for Photography's exhibit Who Shot Rock & Roll. The documentary -- Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film -- was produced and directed by Steven Kochones and celebrates the collaborations between photographers and recording artists who created some of the most enduring images in rock history.

Feature, People / Interview
Steven Kochones
Film History & Appreciation
VFX Supervisor Jerome Chen on The Amazing Spider-Man

VFX Supervisor Jerome Chen on The Amazing Spider-Man

Jerome Chen, Academy Award-nominated senior visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, talks about choreography and creation of the VFX on The Amazing Spider-Man.

Feature
Jerome Chen
TV & Movie Appreciation
Method Studios: VFX for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Method Studios: VFX for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Method Studios was approached by Fox's visual effects team to work on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and were offered some very tasty stuff to solve - a train sequence with burning bridges, full CG fire, all in stereo. As CG artists, this is the kind of meaty work you really want to go after. Randy Goux shared his experiences on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with Creative COW.

Feature
Randy Goux
TV & Movie Appreciation
Academy is the New Home for 70,000 Vintage Hollywood Stills

Academy is the New Home for 70,000 Vintage Hollywood Stills

The trove of still photographs and memorabilia that comprise the Bison Archives, a private collection of film historian Marc Wanamaker, now paint a comprehensive story of the history of film in America, from its earliest days to the present. Creative COW couldn't pass up the opportunity to know more about this impressive collection and the raison d'etre for its existence.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Cinesite Creates Effects for Disney's JOHN CARTER

Cinesite Creates Effects for Disney's JOHN CARTER

Cinesite Visual Effects Supervisor Sue Rowe approached the mammoth job of creating 831 visual effects for John Carter -- which marks the live-action debut of noted animation director Andrew Stanton -- with a lot of experience under her belt.

Feature
Sue Rowe
Film History & Appreciation
The SciTech Award Goes to... The Lowry Process

The SciTech Award Goes to... The Lowry Process

On February 11, the Academy will honor John D. Lowry, Ian Cavén, Ian Godin, Kimball Thurston and Tim Connolly with a Scientific and Engineering Award for "the development of a unique and efficient system for the reduction of noise and other artifacts, thereby providing high-quality images required by the filmmaking process."

Feature
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Joy of Filmmaking

The Joy of Filmmaking

People have been understandably speaking about Martin Scorsese's film "Hugo" as a celebration of the life and films of Georges Méliès, but it is also a tribute to those who LOVE to watch films and even to film preservation.

Editorial
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
These Amazing Shadows: An Editor's Journey

These Amazing Shadows: An Editor's Journey

An editor's journey through the films that made America (or, how I stopped worrying and learned to love the B-Roll). These Amazing Shadows, an 88-minute documentary, tells the history and importance of the National Film Registry and cameos some of history's most treasured films as it reveals how early films shaped and revealed a changing nation and why we most need to preserve them for posterity.

Feature, People / Interview
Doug Blush
Film History & Appreciation
32TEN Studios Opens for Practical/Digital Effects

32TEN Studios Opens for Practical/Digital Effects

Former ILM and Kerner Optical employees have banded together to launch a new company at a familiar address in the historically significant building at 3210 Kerner Blvd in San Rafael.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring the Classic Beauty, Children of Paradise

Restoring the Classic Beauty, Children of Paradise

Children of Paradise [Les Enfants du Paradis] is perhaps the most stunning classic film you've probably never seen. The movie was made in 1943 - 1944, when the Nazis forbade the making of films longer than 90 minutes, and released in 1945. It was last shown in the U.S. 30 years ago, despite the fact that 600 French critics, directors, actors and technicians have voted it as "Best French Film Ever." Join Debra Kaufman as she brings the restoration of this classic beauty to light the story of how Éclair Labs in Paris battled a disintegrating nitrate original.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
Coloring Game of Thrones

Coloring Game of Thrones

HBO's Game of Thrones is a rich palette of colour and display. Ireland's Screen Scene Post Production took on the task of enhancing the balance between worlds so vastly different, that colour play was a powerful component to straddling the extremes. Debra Kaufman looks into the slew of talent that brought these fantasy realms to light.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
The VFX Files: Captain America: The First Avenger

The VFX Files: Captain America: The First Avenger

Join Debra Kaufman for the latest installment of The VFX Files, as Captain America: The First Avenger is brought from the realm of comic book imagination and 2D art, to the 3D world with stunning visual effects. Get the inside story of how thirteen VFX houses contributed to this new Marvel super-hero franchise as they share their stories with Debra Kaufman.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Cinesite's magic touch with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Behind the Lens: Cinesite's magic touch with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

More from our exciting series, Behind the Lens: Creative COW's Debra Kaufman had an opportunity to speak with Cinesite 2D supervisor Andy Robinson and 3D supervisor Holger Voss about their facility's work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. One thing is clear to anyone who's followed the Harry Potter franchise: the movies, which began in 2001, are a visual representation of the increasing maturity of visual effects artists and their technology. It's more than just Voldemort's nose, too, that Cinesite has created. Look behind the lens and unveil the magic.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Library of Congress Unlocks The Ultimate Archive System

The Library of Congress Unlocks The Ultimate Archive System

The Library of Congress is working to preserve film for hundreds, even thousands of years. Seriously. In this article from Creative COW Magazine, Ken Weissman, Supervisor of the Library's Film Preservation Laboratory, tells the steps they're taking toward the ultimate archive system, starting with the restoration of films first printed on paper instead of film!

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ken Weissman
TV & Movie Appreciation
A Storyteller's Journey

A Storyteller's Journey

Where do you go when your first film is nominated for an Academy Award®, your next job is for Steven Spielberg, and just a few years later you earn your first DGA Award nomination while working for David Lynch? For Lesli Linka Glatter, the answer is -- you go anywhere you want to! Just after she won her first DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, we spoke to Lesli about directing for both episodic TV and film, visual storytelling, and a journey that began at AFI's Directing Workshop for Women.

Feature, People / Interview
Lesli Linka Glatter
TV & Movie Appreciation
Playing Your Role in a Working Film Crew

Playing Your Role in a Working Film Crew

For years, I've known David McGiffert as an FCP user making his own documentaries. But I had no idea that he had over 40 Hollywood features under his belt until I saw his name in the credits for 'An Officer and a Gentleman.' He wouldn't tell me any of these stories. He finally broke his silence and gives Creative COW readers the story.

People / Interview
David McGiffert
TV & Movie Appreciation
Warcraft: A Virtual World from a Virtual Production

Warcraft: A Virtual World from a Virtual Production

Read about the amazing CG work with Animatrik's virtual production technology used in Warcraft. The team supplied their camera tracking, motion capture suits and technology to enable realistic on-set performances from the orc performers.

Editorial, Feature
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