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Scorsese's Color Homage 

By Michael Goldman

If you are ever lucky enough to find yourself in Martin Scorsese's private screening room discussing the history of color feature film processes, he will no doubt school you on such movies as Follow Thru, an obscure 1930 film about golf that illustrates the limitations of the early Technicolor two-strip, dye-transfer process by showing golf courses with blue grass. He might also show you clips from other two-strip films...

Edit Integrate Review — Apple Motion 

By Steve Mullen

Simply describing Apple's new Motion software as a motion graphics application is not wrong, but it conveys to readers who have never seen a demo of Motion...

BlueArc Si8700 

By David Singer, Mr. X

At Toronto-based Mr. X, we specialize in feature film visual effects and animation for international and local producers. We have more than 30 feature...

On-Demand Computing 

By Dan Ochiva

If you're running an animation or effects facility today, the success of animated images is both a boon and a challenge. Year after year, audiences for...

Performance Captured 

By Michael Goldman

From a technical point of view, Robert Zemeckis'The Polar Express seems destined to do for motion capture what Zemeckis' Forrest Gump did for compositing — to permanently elevate the technique's capabilities and importance in the filmmaking equation. Similar to Gump's approach to compositing, Polar Express takes elements of a long-established technique and uses them in unique...

Tool Time at Pixar 

By Ellen Wolff

If you were in the Pixar screening room where director Brad Bird regularly reviewed images for The Incredibles, you would have seen a cool, new tool in...

Step by Step: Hero 

By Ellen Wolff

Few films can boast as many stunning visuals as the Chinese production Hero, an epic tale from writer-director Yimou Zhang (Raise the Red Lantern). One...

Step By Step:
The Lord of the Rings
 

By Ellen Wolff

Reality is only the most popular fantasy, says Richard Taylor, cinematics director for Electronic Arts' latest Lord of the Rings game, The Battle for...

Digital Self-Improvement 

By S. D. Katz

Great training manuals are as rare as great software. Perhaps even rarer, since many of the best software products are cutting back on printed documentation. While including Help files built into the software is convenient, most developers don't go beyond explaining basic features and adding a few beginner tutorials. It's up to the users to find innovative training from third-party publishers....

Undersea Achievements 

By Michael Goldman

DreamWorks Animation was well into preproduction for Shark Tale long before anyone on the team saw Pixar/Disney's Finding Nemo. DreamWorks, therefore,...

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