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June 23, 2009
Casualties of the Recession
Posted By Martin McEachern
The econopocalypse has blazed a path of destruction through every sector of the economy—leaving Chrysler and now GM in bankruptcy. Now, it looks like the wave of destruction is bearing down on the ...
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June 23, 2009
Believable CG Spaceships
Posted By Martin McEachern
Star Trek had a stellar opening this spring, raking in over $222 million in just 31 days. While the crew is new, and the franchise has been stripped of its usually weighty themes, in favor of an ...
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June 23, 2009
A Film by the Great Hugh Jeego
Posted By Martin McEachern
Not long ago, I found myself in a large visual effects studio watching an animator pouring his heart into the performance of a cute, stick-like alien with big saucer-shaped eyes. The animator’s name ...
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June 17, 2009
Real-time optical flow tracking
Posted By Barbara Robertson
Real-time optical flow tracking – a video that NVIDIA posted is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D93RmW_eN4. Amazing. I just wrote about optical flow in my Night at the Museum 2 story for the ...
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June 03, 2009
I’m fascinated with Google’s new Wave
Posted By Barbara Robertson
I’m fascinated with Google’s new Wave, a communication tool (to say the least) developed by the guys who created Google Maps. I suspect that it might be useful in studios… worth checking out, anyway. ...
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June 02, 2009
Just wanted to say ...
Posted By Barbara Robertson
Just wanted to say I saw Up in stereo 3D last night after seeing it in 2D at a press junket a couple months ago and I loved it all over again. Did I love it more than in 2D? It was definitely magical ...
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May 29, 2009
Digital VFX combined with practical effects
Posted By Debra Kaufman
New Deal Studios, in Marina Del Rey, CA, has completed visual effects for two summer movies: Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian and Terminator Salvation. For Night at the Museum, New Deal ...
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May 29, 2009
Up, Up and Away
Posted By Kelly Dove
Ready for flight with Disney’s latest animated blast “Up,” which opened May 29, Regal Cinemas has committed to show the movie in 222 locations across the country utilizing the RealD cinema system. If ...
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May 29, 2009
Storefront Displays Get Geeky
Posted By Kelly Dove
The latest craze to fill storefronts, emptied by the spiraling economy, is surprisingly, advertising. A once vacant storefront at Seventh Avenue and 50th Street in New York City, for example, is now a ...
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May 20, 2009
The Internet sure seemed like a good idea at the time
Posted By Kathleen Maher
Here’s the set up – the writer at her desk. Tappity tap tap tap, writity, write, write write. Then, a pause, a thought, she turns to the Internet to check an assumption. Time passes. The tapitty tap ...
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May 20, 2009
C U Real Soon
Posted By Barbara Robertson
I woke up in a traveler’s nightmare. The blue numbers on my bedside clock blinked five-thirty. The letters OMG flashed in my head. I was screwed. I had to catch a five-forty airporter shuttle to make ...
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May 20, 2009
What Makes a Game?
Posted By Karen Moltenbrey
It’s very easy to identify what is a video game and what is not. The Sims. Grand Theft Auto. MLB 09. World of Warcraft. Resistance 2. Yup, they are all video games. Whether an MMORPG, a first-person ...
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May 20, 2009
Apple’s Big Bite
Posted By Karen Moltenbrey
In the May issue of Computer Graphics World, contributing editor George Maestri discussed how cutting-edge graphics technologies are finding their way to a host of mobile devices, particularly cell ...
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May 20, 2009
What’s Old is New Again
Posted By Karen Moltenbrey
It seems like just yesterday (though it was in late 2006) when Sony released the PlayStation 3. Crowds were lined up outside of stores, with eager fans—teens, parents, 30-something-year-olds—camped ...
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May 20, 2009
Going in Circles Can Take You Somewhere
Posted By Barbara Robertson
Last November, I traveled to two computer graphics conferences in Europe on back-to-back trips. The View conference in Turin, Italy, which I wrote about here ( ...
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May 19, 2009
Andy Wahol, the father of social networking
Posted By Kathleen Maher
The Andy Warhol exhibit just closed at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco with a party and performance by SF punk vets the Mutants. The DeYoung show brought back memories and recreated a little ...
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