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Volume: 28 Issue: 1 (Jan 2005)

Features

Between the Lines
Books have changed little since papyrus scrolls began replacing clay tablets some four millennia ago. A few milestones, such as Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press, have influenced the bookmaking ...
The Halo Effect
On Tuesday, November 9, 2004, the video game Halo 2 made entertainment history when it logged a first-day sales record of $125 million. The game’s opening-day revenues even trounced the reigning ...
Digital Improv
Drew Carey, known for his comedic edge, is introducing prime-time audiences to the amusing side of animation. For the past few television seasons, Carey has garnered additional laughs from his studio ...
Lemony Aid
The film Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events may be about a series of mishaps, but happily the creation of its 505 visual effects shots at Industrial Light & Magic occurred under a ...

Department

Market Outlook and News Briefs
In large and midsize companies, job titles do not change as often. That’s because larger facilities tend to work on bigger projects and many more of them at one time compared to smaller studios. As a ...
Under the Top
Looking at effects films over the past few years, one could say that visual effects are following a kind of Moore’s Law, double in quality and quantity nearly every year. One example that would ...
Products - 1/05 - Part 1
Win — Digimation has started delivering SpeedTree3, the latest version of its software tool for the creation of low- to medium-polygon-count trees. SpeedTree has been upgraded with support for flared ...
ParticleIllusion 3.0
Wondertouch recently updated its particle effects tool, ParticleIllusion, to Version 3.0. A powerful, stand-alone particle effects generator, it offers more than just standard particles; you also can ...
Replacement Vehicles
The commercial was, indeed, a true test for photoreal computer-generated graphics. The project required artists to replace the 2004 Cadillac DeVille live-action cars shot on location for the original ...
Products - 1/05 - Part 2

Savannah Film Festival
Student and professional filmmakers from across the globe showcased a wide selection of juried works to approximately 25,000 attendees at the 2004 Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah ...
Rtre
Game developers spend years writing and perfecting code for game engines so players can see the fantastic worlds they create in rich, full detail in a real-time environment. Why shouldn’t architects, ...
Sun Java W2100z
Sun Microsystems invented the desktop graphics workstation, and built its first fortune in the 1980s with Unix-based graphics workstations. Its latest release, the Sun Java Workstation W2100z, takes ...
Grand Unification
That’s not news, nor is it surprising. Adding features is the unabat-ing push in any product revision or upgrade. And for the most part, added functionality has made editors more efficient and ...
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