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Combustion 2 for Windows 

By S. D. Katz

Discreet's desktop compositing, paint and animation system, Combustion, delivered a powerful and promising solution that seemed poised for excellence...

Pre-Viz Panic 

Michael Goldman

Officials at Pixel Liberation Front (PLF), Venice, Calif.,

credit director David Fincher with pushing them to expand the traditional concept of CG pre-visualization during their work on Fincher's new movie, Panic Room.

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Experimenting on Nash 

Michael Goldman

Ron Howard's controversial take on the life of famed mathematician/schizophrenic John Nash in A Beautiful Mind is not the only current film interpretation of Nash's story. A far more unorthodox approach can be found in the 11-minute, experimental documentary, 2+2, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

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Beyond the Bake-Off 

Michael Goldman

How did the films nominated for the Visual Effects Oscar earn that honor? Millimeter asks the experts to explain how the famous effects' "Bake-Off" works.

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Color Theory 

By Debra Kaufman

Color correction is arguably the closest a post house gets to pure art. This makes it a nexus for trends in commercials and music videos. With powerful new tools, the colorist can change the image in ways unimaginable only a few years ago. With that in mind, Millimeter spoke with leading colorists to find out what look is about to go stratospheric, which one is trailing off into the dark, and...

Digital in the Desert 

By Pete Putman

Last fall, George Lucas made a bit of history when he left the 35mm equipment behind and took Sony/Panavision 24p cameras into the Australian desert to shoot Star Wars: Episode II. In this interview, Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum talks about the Australian HD shoot, digital dailies, digital production issues, and the current state of digital cinema....

Building Character 

by Michael Goldman

Animators at Pacific Data Images (PDI), Palo Alto, found themselves struggling late last year to keyframe moves for the villain from the upcoming PDI/Dreamworks...

Tracking the Beast 

Jack Lloyd

Tracking tools are the key to integrating computer graphics and video. Here are a few that can help you tame the CG beast in your next project.Ever since...

Making Faces 

Michael Goldman

Facial Motion Capture The role of motion-capture technology in facial animation depends on a wide range of factors: project, budget, medium, resolution,...

Inside DreamWorks Animation 

Dan Philips

Dan Philips was DreamWorks' digital supervisor on The Road to El Dorado and co-head of effects on The Prince of Egypt. During his five years at the studio's...

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