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Digital Vision Nucoda Film Master 

By Adam Hawkey iO Film

Although I'm a senior digital colorist at iO Film, I think it's important to have a lot of different production experience...

Edit Review — Matrox Axio 2.0 

Reviewer: D. W. Leitner

Fast, good, cheap. In product development, you're told pick any two. In choosing an HD editing system, you're lucky to get one and a half. The ideal HD...

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......

Contrasting Colors 

By Michael Goldman

Color grading was crucial for both King Kong and Munich, but radically different approaches exemplify the "traditional versus digital" debate. Peter Jackson's King Kong and Steven Spielberg's Munich basically have just two things in common. First, they are two of the most high-profile and important films to come out in late 2005, and second, both relied extensively on carefully crafted color schemes designed to help achieve creative goals and impact audiences emotionally....

Edit Review — Apple Aperture 

Reviewer: Franklin McMahon

First let's discuss what Aperture is not. It's not a Photoshop killer and it's not a super-charged iPhoto for pros. What is it? Apple Aperture is a high-end...

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...

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...

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...

Walter Murch’s HD View 

By Michael Goldman

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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