Society of Camera Operators 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards Announce Technical Achievement Award Submissions Open

By Staff

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) opens the online submission process for their annual Technical Achievement Award. The Technical Achievement Awards is given each year by the SOC and awarded at the Lifetime Achievement Awards that will take place Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles. The nominees are reviewed by […]

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The 10 Worst Movie Villains of All Time

By Andreas Babiolakis


Darth Vader. Hannibal Lecter. Frank Booth. Hans Landa. You remember your favourite film villains because they make it so difficult to hate them despite the bad that they do. They are complex with very slight signs of sympathy; even someone like Frank Booth has a candid moment with his lipstick-coated monologue that sends people straight to hell. Like all other character types, villains need to have complexity, clear motives, and a knack that can only make you appreciate them.

The following 10 villains do not tick off any of these boxes. If they have layers, it’s because they have levels of annoying qualities. If they have motives, they are clumsy and nonsensical. The only agreement we will have on these films is that these baddies are just simply bad characters. The following 10 offenders were disappointments if they were based off of previous creations (like games and comic books), or were just plain stupid. Here are the 10 worst villains of all time.

10. Koga Shuko (Double Dragon)

Robert Patrick’s evil Vanilla Ice is excruciating. He is about as suave as stubbing your toe in front of a girl you’re trying to impress. He curls every word he says with the biggest sneers. His eyebrows match the smarm his voice emits as well, as he is forever raising one eyebrow like he is an emoji. If that wasn’t painful enough, most of what he says is half-assed in delivery, or wasn’t worth the delivery in the first place (he likes to make bad jokes, kind of like the writer of this article). He often stands still pathetically and stares as others do his dirty work, so he is non-threatening by the time the film’s climax comes around.

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Here’s a Way to Make Footsteps and Props Less Noisy and Your Sound Recordist More Happy

By V Renée

Are noisy shoes and objects ruining the dialogue in your shot?

Isn’t it great when you take a look at a take you thought went so well only to realize that some loud footsteps or clinking silverware messed up the audio? If you’re an experienced pro you probably know this frustration all too well, but if you’re new to filmmaking, here’s your chance to learn how to avoid having great shots ruined by unwanted noise, particularly the kind made by objects that appear on-screen. In this video, the team over at The Film Look share some techniques you can use to muffle all the clinking and tapping on set so you and your sound recordist can pick up clean dialogue.

What can you do about noisy footsteps and props? Well, Hush Heels really do the trick to muffle shoes, but they’re almost $30 for a 10-pack, and that’s pretty expensive considering the very inexpensive materials used to make them. Neoprene pads and double-sided tape are cheap, and will only cost you a fraction of what Hush Heels would. Plus, you get the added bonus of being able to cut the pads to the exact sizes and shapes you need them.

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From:: No Film School

Production Veterans Launch Bicoastal Company, Rocket Film

By Eli Williams

Rocket Film has opened its doors in New York and Los Angeles. Founded by Aero Film alums Sara Eolin, who will serve as managing director, and filmmakers Klaus Obermeyer and Ken Arlidge, Rocket Film houses both traditional and non-traditional production services with a focus on broadcast commercials, short and long form documentaries, digital content creation, as […]

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Announcing the Winner of the BlueFX Template Giveaway

By John P. Hess

That’s a wrap for the month of July! Our BlueFX contest for the highest point earner is now closed. The top point earner will receive a bundle of all three Logo Supercharger packages (worth a total of $597) from our friends at BlueFx. Congratulations Mathias Rauh– for coming in on top of July 2017 with 461,000 […]

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10 Great Movies That Are Beyond Description

By Jakob Miller


There are plenty of times when someone finishes watching a movie and they know they just witnessed something great, and it is only natural for that person to extol the almost spiritual power of that film. They may be asked “What is it about?” “Why is it so great?”

Sometimes, they may be able to answer these questions with no trouble. But other times, they may have seen a film that is such a singularly unique experience that they cannot even begin to describe it – nonetheless, they still know they’ve seen a great movie. “I can’t explain. You would just have to see it,” they will most likely respond. Here are ten films that have a good chance at putting viewers in that exact position, in the event that the viewer has not seen them yet.

10. Synecdoche, New York (2008, dir. Charlie Kaufman)

A potential candidate for not only the greatest film of the 2000s (or even perhaps the 21st century so far), Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut is quite possibly his ultimate masterpiece following an already exceptionally impressive body of work as the writer for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind under his belt. An incredibly powerful drama, Synecdoche, New York is also an indescribable emotional and psychological journey only Kaufman could mastermind.

Synecdoche, New York follows middle-aged theater director Caden and his trudge through life itself: loss, grief, pain, suffering, and, ultimately, death. In between it all, Caden concocts a play of vast scale with characters and scenarios directly reflecting his own struggles, complete on a full-scale recreation of New York City as the set. Caden will spend the rest of his life slaving over this tumultuous production, to the point where → continue…

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A radical new type of PC might solve a huge problem facing VR

By (David Shapton)

HP Z VR backpack

HP’s just announced backpack VR computer might solve the problem of how you have a complete – fully mobile – VR experience with all the computing power you need for the best results

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    From:: RedShark News

    PODCAST: 7 Time Saving & Efficiency Rules For The Micro-Budget Filmmaker

    By Noam Kroll

    Production and post-production time on micro-budget films is severely limited, making it crucial for filmmakers to ensure they are being as efficient as possible with the limited time that they do have.

    Based on my experiences on my micro-budget feature film Shadows on the Road, I outline my top 7 rules for filmmakers looking to optimize production time and increase efficiency across the board. Topics covered include: How and why to keep your locations to a minimum, simplified coverage options that allow for better creative results in less time, a post-production workflows that involves locking picture reel by reel, and much more.

    Check out Episode 17: 7 Time Saving & Efficiency Rules For The Micro-Budget Filmmaker

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    DI4D Unveils Highest Fidelity Facial Performance Capture at SIGGRAPH 2017

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    DI4D unveils its highest fidelity facial performance capture so far at SIGGRAPH held this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center, August 1 to August 3. DI4D’s proprietary “motion scanning” technology captures 4D data comprising video rate 3D surface scans tracked with a dense fixed topology mesh. The DI4D solution, which does not require any markers, make-up or structured light, provides much higher fidelity facial motion capture data than alternative solutions and ensures that every nuance of an actor’s facial performance is recorded. Using a DI4D PRO system upgrading with nine 12 mega-pixel synchronised video cameras, the company has been able to capture higher fidelity 4D data than ever before.

    Dr Colin Urquhart, CEO of DI4D said:

    “We always try to present something new and exciting at SIGGRAPH and this year we will certainly do that by showing the highest fidelity DI4D facial performance capture data so far. We have increased the resolution of cameras used on one of our DI4D PRO systems by a factor of four from 3 to 12 mega-pixels and we have also significantly enhanced our 4D processing and mesh tracking software. As a result we can capture much higher fidelity data and track even denser meshes than with our current DI4D PRO system. This ensures that we can record every nuance of an actor’s facial performance and satisfy the requirements of even the most demanding of movie visual effects projects.”

    Colin adds:

    “We are also demonstrating the use of DI4D data in VR for the first time on our booth (342) at SIGGRAPH this year. The level of detail of facial performance we are now able to capture really needs to be seen – or even better, experienced in VR – to be believed!”

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    SIGGRAPH Attendees Experience Panasas ActiveStor® with DirectFlow® for Mac®

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    When you are ready to execute your projects in record time, turn to Panasas ActiveStor® high-performance data storage where rendering happens faster, predictably and reliably, every time.

    Panasas exhibited this week at SIGGRAPH in LA from August 1-3, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Conversations included topics such as tackling render challenges with the right storage solution.

    Panasas storage solutions drive industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Their ActiveStor appliances leverage the patented PanFS storage operating system and DirectFlow protocol to deliver performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide.

    Whether advancing genomic research using next-gen sequencing technology, rendering visual effects for an animated film, designing advanced aircraft with complex CAE/FEA models, or optimizing the extraction of oil and gas deposits through seismic processing-based analysis, their customers know their data is accessible, secure, and easily managed.

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    Job Opening | PIXOMONDO is looking for a Layout Artist

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Department: 3D
    Facility: Toronto
    Date(s): ASAP
    Contract Type: Employee/Contract

    Position Requirements:
    • 3+ years of working experience or an extraordinary demo reel/portfolio.
    • Excellent knowledge of Maya.
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Ability to take on a delegated task with minimal supervision.
    • Good organization and communication skills.
    • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
    • Strong communicational and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work in a strong team environment.

    Duties & Responsibilities:
    • Interpret and conceptualize the film script according to the Supervisor’s instructions.
    • Create scenes and shots by place characters, props and environments according to the storyboard/previz.
    • Put the characters in key poses to define their actions and movements.
    • Place tracked cameras and geometries properly in 3D space according to the live actions plate.
    • Define camera angles and animate them, if applicable.
    • Adapt shot staging according to the composition.
    • Check the conformity and continuity of the sequences.
    • Maintain timing and production quotas given by the Production.
    • Execute the corrections requested by the Supervisor and the Director by showing an analytic mind.
    • Organize work and prepare presentation elements for approval.
    • Communicate and seek information if necessary.
    • Maintain good team dynamics.

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    Instant Terra: Create your terrain fast & seamlessly, regardless of the size

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Instant Terra: Create your terrain fast & seamlessly, regardless of the size

    Unlimited size and resolution, real-time preview and ultra-fast generation

    In recent years in the gaming industry, Wysilab has witnessed accelerated ambitions in game play and design. The space in which games are held is becoming larger: now we speak of terrains that are hundreds or even thousands of km². The means available to artists do not allow them to take their creativity to the limits. Most existing tools are limited, slow, and complex. The idea of Instant Terra was founded on the desire to meet these new challenges, leading Wysilab to embark on the adventure of starting a business with a purpose: to provide a new user experience with a terrain generation tool based on innovative technologies sweeping the limits.

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    Atom View by Nurulize

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Atom View is a cutting edge tool for raw volumetric data processing, color management, and delivery. Built from the ground up for VR, Atom View helps you integrate the highest quality volumetric data on the planet with traditional workflows for game or film.

    Nurulize is a virtual reality software developer founded in 2013 by software development and VFX industry veterans Philip Lunn and Scott Metzger. The aim: to create disruptive applications for the emerging virtual reality revolution. Nurulize’s vision is to push the envelope for creative realism in VR, while also building software tools that democratize the VR process. Nurulize’s solutions were recently recognised at NVIDIA’s GTC VR Content Showcase 2017, where they were awarded the Grand Prize over 120 other companies.

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    Red Giant Drops New Trapcode Suite 14

    By Al Caudullo

    As always Red Giant continues to deliver stellar video and graphics software to the industry. And the latest release of Trapcode 14 is no exception. Pay particular attention to the new Trapcode Particular 3.0 with GPU acceleration and the amazing newly redone Designer which lets you build and preview the effects like never before.

    There are so many improvements that you will want to read on below the full press release from Red Giant.

    Red Giant today released Trapcode Suite 14, a major update to the industry’s most essential tools for creating 3D motion graphics and visual effects in Adobe® After Effects®. With a total of 11 powerful tools for 3D motion graphics and visual effects, release highlights include Trapcode Particular 3.0 and Trapcode Form 3.0, which have both been completely overhauled to offer faster rendering speeds and an incredibly intuitive user experience when building particle effects. Also included is a free update for Trapcode Tao, giving users depth of field effects for more realism.

    Explore the new Red Giant Trapcode Suite 14.

    Trapcode has been a mainstay for the motion graphics and VFX industry for over a decade,” said Chad Bechert, Red Giant CEO. “We wanted this update to live up to the high expectations of our community of users, and to help propel them into their next level of creativity. We’re proud of what’s in this release and incredibly excited to see what our customers do with these upgraded tools.

    There is so much good stuff in this release, it’s hard to know what to talk about. Particular is now GPU-accelerated, making it much faster than ever before. And with the addition of 3D model-based emitters and multiple particle systems in the same 3D space, so much more → continue…

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    Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye lens impresses in underwater review

    Photo © Robin Dodd

    Our friends at Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo—the world’s leading supplier for underwater imaging equipment, the same folks behind this impressive underwater review of the Canon 1DX Mark II—recently took the new Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens for a spin beneath the waves. As usual, they came back with some stunning photographs, along with a few thoughts about Nikon’s new fisheye zoom lens.

    Backscatter CEO Jim Decker and Producer Robin Dodd were able to ‘MacGyver’ a makeshift zoom gear from some stuff they had lying around the shop, slapped the lens onto a Nikon D810, and went diving. Immediately they were impressed.

    “The lens is a fisheye zoom lens that is a full frame diagonal fisheye lens at the 15mm side of the zoom, and a circular fisheye at the 8mm side,” explains Robin in their review. “It’s great to have the versatility of being able to shoot a circular fisheye, without having to dedicate your whole dive to it.” The photo up top was shot at 8mm, the one below at 15mm.

    Photo © Robin Dodd

    But it’s not just the versatility of having both a diagonal fisheye and a circular fisheye in one lens—a first for Nikon—that impressed Backscatter. The photos turned out great, too.

    “We were super impressed with the image quality of this lens along with the versatility,” writes Robin, “and will now recommend this lens as the primary lens for wide angle use with full frame Nikon cameras.”

    That’s some high praise. To read Backscatter’s full review and see several more underwater sample shots captured with the Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye, head over to their website by clicking → continue…

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