Disney's new rendering technique could usher in a new era of animation

An animation studio can spend days rendering a scene that features water, smoke and other substances that affect light (and its simulation) in complex ways. Now, a team led by Disney Research Zürich has developed a computational algorithm that can reduce rendering times for such scenes by a factor of up to 1,000. » 11/19/13 9:00am 11/19/13 9:00am

Continuum VFX reel shows the secrets of creating Vancouver in 2077

It's pretty amazing how much eye-candy Continuum boasts, considering it's a relatively low-budget Canadian import. This effects reel from the VFX studio, Artifex, shows just how much digital wizardry they manage to pack into every episode. Including some stuff you probably didn't know was CG. » 9/04/13 4:00pm 9/04/13 4:00pm

How the Oscars proved Hollywood is killing the VFX industry

While ABC showed viewers the glitz and glamor of Sunday night's Academy Awards from the red carpet and inside the Dolby Theater, across the street there was a very different show going on. Members of the visual effects (VFX) industry gathered on Hollywood Boulevard to raise awareness about the financial hardships… » 2/26/13 2:10pm 2/26/13 2:10pm

Award-winning work from the next generation of concept artists

Every season, the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood picks the best work from its students in areas from 3D environments to creature design (like this creature, pictured, by Maggie Toh). We've got a special preview of winners from Gnomon's summer session, showcasing new artists who could soon be producing… » 12/19/11 8:00am 12/19/11 8:00am

Monkeybone Hatred Reigns in "Meet the Creators" Panel for "Journey to…

At the panel about Journey to the Center of the Earth, Brendan Fraser was on hand, along with producer Charlotte Huggins, "3D expert" Ed Marsh. Brendan Fraser spent most of the time extolling the virtues of James Cameron's new Fusion camera system, which they used to make this. Despite being sick, Fraser spent a lot… » 2/23/08 11:00am 2/23/08 11:00am