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Digital VFX combined with practical effects
Posted By Debra Kaufman| May 29, 2009
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 VFX supervisor Ian Hunter developed the film's escape flight, during which the audience is in the plane with actors Ben Stiller and Amy Adams, who plays Amelia Earhart, as they maneuver through the S ...
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Up, Up and Away
Posted By Kelly Dove| May 29, 2009
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 you’re unfamiliar with the “Up” story line, it goes something like this: elderly balloon salesman fulfills lifelong dream for great adventure by tying thousands of balloons to his house, floating away ...
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Storefront Displays Get Geeky
Posted By Kelly Dove| May 29, 2009
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 digital 3D branding campaign for Snickers. The display, created in cooperation with Destination Media Group, Alioscopy USA and Helios, showcasing Alioscopy’s 42” LCD autostereoscopic (no glasses) 3D ...
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The Internet sure seemed like a good idea at the time
Posted By Kathleen Maher| May 20, 2009
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 tap tap, has slowed to the occasional tap, tap. There’s no writity write write write. There’s only the slow tap tap tap of an Internet zombie. The mood is gone, all productivity is shot. There’s no 12 ...
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C U Real Soon
Posted By Barbara Robertson| May 20, 2009
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 a seven o’clock flight. I had ten minutes. For a moment, time stood still. BAM, ZAP, ZOWIE. A thousand thoughts exploded in my sleepy brain. I could call in sick for Disney’s press briefing in Burbank ...
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What Makes a Game?
Posted By Karen Moltenbrey| May 20, 2009
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 shooter, or a life-simulation game, they all have one component in common: interactivity. Well, that seems simple enough. But would the Wii Fit fit into this category? It has an interactive component ( ...
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Apple’s Big Bite
Posted By Karen Moltenbrey| May 20, 2009
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 phones. One company leading the charge is Apple, with its got-to-have iPhone. It surfs the ‘Net. It plays videos. It plays games. It gives directions. Whatever you want, there’s an App for that. Accordi ...
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What’s Old is New Again
Posted By Karen Moltenbrey| May 20, 2009
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 out in parking lots in the bitter cold, hoping to score one of the little black boxes. I watched the news reports, shaking my head—not so much in disbelief, but in puzzlement. Who would want a game syst ...
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Going in Circles Can Take You Somewhere
Posted By Barbara Robertson| May 20, 2009
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 ( http://cgw.copwebtools.com/Press-Center/News/2009/Reporter-at-Large-The-View-from-Torino-Italy-A-C.aspx ) was a real eye-opener, and I definitely hope to return. I had been to eMagiciens, the second conference, before, so I wasn’t surprised ...
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Andy Wahol, the father of social networking
Posted By Kathleen Maher| May 19, 2009
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 corner of the Warhol's Factory where everyone was a star. In fact, they were superstars. Andy promised each and every one of us stardom, and he also exhorted us to go out and create our own art and music a ...
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