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Step by Step: Aeon Flux 

By Ellen Wolff

Stylized settings abound in Aeon Flux, Paramount Pictures' sci-fi confection with MTV roots and Charlize Theron to boot. Designing the look of the film's futuristic environments required substantial give and take between The Orphanage in San Francisco and Digital Domain in Los Angeles. In one particularly revealing shot, The Orphanage's CG team pulls the camera back from a single apartment window to a POV high above the city where the story unfolds. The lengthy pullback shot ultimately resolves......

The Sampler — December 28, 2005 

An archive of desktop post articles and other desktop post related news items that are more in depth, from millimeter magazine online....

Edit Review — Autodesk 3ds Max 8 

By Frank McMahon

Autodesk (formerly Discreet) brings out a much-welcomed new version of its flagship animation system for desktops, 3ds Max 8. While the news of Autodesk...

Indie Animation 

By Michael Goldman

The independently produced CG film movement takes another step forward with this month's release from the Weinstein Company, Hoodwinked. Producers insist...

Dylan's Pipeline 

By Michael Goldman

Martin Scorsese's recent documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, was "one of the more challenging multi-format jobs we have ever dealt with," says Ben...

Edit Review — Macromedia Studio 8 

By Frank McMahon

The merger with Adobe has not diminished the push for advanced software from Macromedia. The division has created one of its biggest updates yet in Studio 8, with a range of new features. The suite contains Flash Professional 8, Dreamweaver 8, and Fireworks 8, as well as Contribute 3 and FlashPaper 2. Macromedia Freehand is not around this time, but the company is reportedly still going to keep it on a development cycle. Much of the cool stuff is in the new Flash...

Walter Murch’s HD View 

By Michael Goldman

An archive of desktop post articles and other desktop post related news items that are more in depth, from millimeter magazine online....

Edit Review — Microsoft Virtual PC 7 

By Tom Patrick McAuliffe

Now, I don't want to start an opinion war or anything when it comes to discussing which is better, the PC or Apple Macintosh, that's a fairly easy thingto do. Each computer platform has its advantages and its ardent users...

Apartment + Musician + Laptop + HD Camera = Music Video  

By Lee Rickwood

In the video production world, tales of music videos and other projects shot with ultra-low-budgets in some guy's apartment, using borrowed equipment, and edited using off-the-shelf software — aren't exactly new. Such stories might even make you might shrug your shoulders and politely stifle a yawn....

Step by Step: Jarhead 

By Ellen Wolff

Sam Mendes, the Academy Award-winning director of American Beauty, is hardly associated with visual effects, but he needed them to create Jarhead for...

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