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  • The Future Looks Bright
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    The Future Looks Bright

    The shift from SD to HD offered viewers such a dramatic improvement in video quality that “high resolution” effectively became shorthand for better quality. This notion has helped fuel 4K production a ...

    May 20, 2016

  • Super Showdown
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    Super Showdown

    I first had a chance to speak with MPC VFX Supervisor Guillaume Rocheron two summers ago, not long after he had finished work on the feature The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Rocheron recently headed u ...

    May 20, 2016

  • Freeze-Frame
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    Freeze-Frame

    French visual effects veteran Cedric Nicolas-Troyan served as the VFX supervisor on the 2012 global hit Snow White and The Huntsman, which grossed nearly $400 million and won him an Oscar nomination f ...

    May 20, 2016

  • Music Video: Black Stone Cherry's 'In Our Dreams'
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    Music Video: Black Stone Cherry's 'In Our Dreams'

    CHICAGO — Director/editor Kyle Cogan and the team at Simian Design (www.simiandesign.tv), here, recently conceived, produced and posted a new music video for the southern heavy metal band Black Stone ...

    May 5, 2016

  • Snapshot of Add-in Board Market
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    Snapshot of Add-in Board Market

    The total number of add-in boards sold in 2015 was 50 million compared to 44 million in 2014. Of these, about 5.9 million are enthusiast-level AIBs (add-in boards/discreet graphics cards) shipped in 2 ...

    May 4, 2016

  • Birth of a Nation
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    Birth of a Nation

    CULVER CITY, CA — Writer, director, producer and star Nate Parker’s slave drama The Birth of a Nation received lots of attention at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was picked up for distribu ...

    May 4, 2016

  • Anger Management, Bird Style
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    Anger Management, Bird Style

    It can get taxing while working in technology media. Deadlines never cease. There is never enough time in the day to complete the work. Tackling email is akin to the Greek mythological character Sisyp ...

    April 21, 2016

  • A Beautiful Planet
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    A Beautiful Planet

    NCSA is helping produce movie magic with cinematic scientific visualization.

    April 18, 2016

  • The Jungle Book: Directing and Lighting Previs
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    The Jungle Book: Directing and Lighting Previs

    “I’ve wanted to do this for some time,” says The Jungle Book ’s Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato. “The ability to virtually shoot something and make it look like it was shot with a traditional cam ...

    April 14, 2016

  • Dreaming in Virtual Reality
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    Dreaming in Virtual Reality

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Katniss leads an invasion with a handheld hologram device, and Beetee sits before a multi-panel computer display in order to hack into the Capitol. Tony Stark puts his Ir ...

    April 11, 2016

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