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

Iron Man 3 VFX reels make the Air Force One scene twice as impressive

One of the amazing things about The Avengers was just how seamless a lot of the CG cityscapes and creations felt. And it looks like Iron Man 3 had a similar amount of heavy CG. Check out some mind-blowing new VFX reels. » 5/15/13 4:40pm 5/15/13 4:40pm

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 faced … » 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 the …

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 of… » 2/23/08 11:00am 2/23/08 11:00am