Immerse Yourself Inside the ‘The Art of Rogue One’


Visual chronicle of the new worlds and characters created by the Lucasfilm art department for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ includes hundreds of concept paintings, sketches, storyboards, matte paintings, and character, costume and vehicle designs.

Lucasfilm has unveiled a peek inside “The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which includes hundreds of concept paintings, sketches, storyboards, matte paintings, and character, costume and vehicle designs from the film.

The book, edited by Josh Kushins, is a visual chronicle of the Lucasfilm art department’s creation of new worlds, unforgettable characters, and newly imagined droids, vehicles, and weapons for the first movie in the Star Wars story series — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, with production design by Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont, Rogue One chronicles the adventures of a Rebel cell tasked with a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s rule. The all-star cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. And, oh yeah, it’s in theaters now.

‘The Shallows’ Visual Effects Breakdown Highlights Best CGI of the Year


Horror fans can often be found bemoaning the use/overuse/misuse of computer generated imagery, and there’s no denying that there’s something way more special about practical effects. For many of us, it was the makeup effects work of guys like Rick Baker and Tom Savini that got us into horror in the first place, and it’s hard not to miss the latex gore and rubbery puppets.

That being said, we do have a tendency to ignore visual effects artists and write off their incredible work as the work of machines. Of computers. Of course, this couldn’t be more wrong. Though the tools are much different, the men and women behind those computers are every bit the artisans that guys like Baker and Savini were back in the heyday of practical effects, and they’re just as deserving of our respect. We may always prefer practical over CGI, but some of the CGI you’re seeing these days is so damn good that you probably didn’t even notice it was CGI.

This year’s The Shallows, for example, featured a computer-generated shark so realistic looking that I honestly had no idea it was the work of digital effects artists until I got home from my local theater and did a little research. We’ve seen some pretty awful CGI sharks over the years, but dammit if the shark in The Shallows didn’t remind me of the shark from Jaws. It’s THAT good.

Important Looking Pirates is the digital effects house responsible for bringing The Shallows shark to life, and a visual effects breakdown they recently uploaded to Vimeo shows just how much work went into making the shark look as realistic as possible. The full breakdown was not available on the film’s DVD and Blu-ray release, so we figured fans of the movie would like to see it.

‘The Jungle Book’ Wins Best VFX, ‘Zootopia’ Best Animated Feature At Critics’ Choice Awards

junglebook_criticschoice-1280x600.jpgDisney films dominated the vfx and feature animation categories at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards tonight.
The Jungle Book remake won the best visual effects honor. It is the first major win for The Jungle Book in a visual effects category this award season. The vfx work in the film were led by MPC and Weta Digital. The other nominees in the vfx category were A Monster Calls, Arrival, Doctor Strange, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. #ArenaAmeerpet#CriticsChoiceAward #Disneyfils #theJungleBook #Zootopia #MPC#WetaDigital #MonsterCalls #Arrivals #DoctorStrange #FantasticBeasts#AnimationCourses #AnimationCareers #VFxCareers #VFxCourses#MultimrdiaCareers #MultimediaCourses

Oscars: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Advance in Visual Effects Race

88-academy-awards-2016-oscars-list “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Suicide Squad,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and “The Jungle Book” are among the movies that could compete in the Oscar visual effects category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday the 20 films that will advance in the race.

Here are all the pics that will compete in the VFX Oscar race:

“Alice Through the Looking Glass”
“The BFG”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
“Captain America: Civil War”
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Independence Day: Resurgence”
“The Jungle Book”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”
“X-Men: Apocalypse”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee will narrow the list further to 10 for the bakeoff stage in a few weeks. From there, nominees will be chosen and announced on Jan 24.

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Tips To Building A Successful Career As A VFX Expert

1. Get your basics correct
2. The importance of staying updated
3. Significance of showreel
4. Proper networking
5. A good mentor

Training under experts

With the increasing popularity of VFX in our country, professional training seems to be a prime requisite. Highly professional training institutes such as International Academy of Computer Graphics or IACG will render the most useful assistance, in this context. Their comprehensive VFX training module will comprise of:

Creative skills
Digital imaging
3D texturing and lighting
Audio-video techniques
Gaming and animation
3D rigging as well as digital imaging techniques
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