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Casting Visual Effects 

By Ellen Wolff

Successful directors like Robert Altman consider casting actors the most crucial decision in the filmmaking process. But what about the visual effects that now play key roles in growing numbers of films? What's behind the “casting” of the artists who create those effects?...

Pirates of the Caribbean 

By Ellen Wolff

Gone are the days when digital actors merely lurked in the background, clad in easily animated armor. Now virtual characters are placed front-and-center, wearing complex costumes that flap believably in the breeze....

Discreet 3ds Max 5 

By S. D. Katz

3ds Max version 5.0 is a solid addition to this highly popular 3D animation system. The new features are carefully chosen and implemented to refine the already impressive tool set and improve workflow and usability....

Beyond the Morph 

By Michael Goldman

While 1991's Terminator 2 is largely recognized as a seminal step for the visual effects industry because of its then-groundbreaking morph effect, it is largely forgotten that the movie featured fewer than 50 digital effects shots total....

Shrek 4-D 

by Ellen Wolff

Fans of the Oscar-winning, computer-animated movie Shrek won't get to see the sequel until 2004, but there's a tidbit available now to tide them over — a 13-minute special-venue film called Shrek 4-D....

What's Doing at Siggraph 

By Dan Ochiva

If you enjoy hunting down innovative products, Siggraph 2003 in San Diego won't disappoint. A quick tour of the exhibit hall will turn up new generations of CPUs and GPUs; hot graphics software introductions and updates; and improved, lower-cost storage, servers, and motion-capture gear....

Integrate Review — Boris Continuum Complete 2.0 

By Frank McMahon

Boris FX updates its popular filter package with Boris Continuum Complete version 2.0. Supporting Adobe After Effects 5.5, Apple Final Cut Pro 3, Discreet Combustion 2.1, and the company's own Boris Red, the package is a collection of plug-in special effect filters (110 actually) that work inside of a compositing program....

The Hulk 

By Jon Silberg

The Hulk may seem like surprising departure for director Ang Lee. Known for films like the genteel Sense and Sensibility and the understated The Ice Storm, Lee's films have turned on subtleties and repressed emotions. Even his internationally renowned adventure Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was restrained in its approach by genre standards....

Charlie's Angels 2 

by Ellen Wolff

The director known simply as McG faced a major challenge: topping the mega-success of his original Charlie's Angels feature for Columbia Pictures. So for Charlie's Angels 2 he wanted the action to live up to the sequel's subtitle — Full Throttle....

Accelerating Special Effects 

By Mark A. Brown Rhythm & Hues Studios

With a dedicated workforce comprised of hundreds of artists, producers, and support staff working against a demanding production schedule, Rhythm & Hues Studios is a racehorse....

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