Volume: 28 Issue: 7 (July 2005)

Features

Casting the dark side: Part two of two-part special feature
A skeletal cyborg with bifurcating arms twirling lightsabers hunts down Jedi warriors. Hundreds of Wookiees, perched high in an enormous tree city, launch a chaotic beachfront assault on invading ...
Monochrome Merger
Independent filmmaker Edward B. Sherman knew exactly what kinds of special effects he needed for “Saturday Night at Madame Wing’s,” the third installment in his trilogy, Full Moon Fables. In order to ...
Home Field Advantage
During the past few years, as the boys of summer take the field, the cinematics team at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has been looking ahead to the next season of its MLB franchise, ...
Acts of War
Steven Spielberg could have invaded the planet with a spectacular battalion of transparent, high-tech spaceships. He didn’t. Rather, for his 21st-century cinematic version of H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel ...

Department

HP Compaq nw8240
Mobile workstations have always been a compromise between power and portability. Workstations need to be the most powerful machines on the block; yet, this power usually means additional bulk, making ...
Compositing Software
Adobe Systems’ After Effects motion graphics and visual effects software offers compositing functionality. Currently in Version 6.5, After Effects is offered in Standard and Professional editions for ...
Signs of the Times
If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas’s McCarron airport, you can’t have missed the audiovisual theatrics showing on the huge monitors above the baggage claim area advertising the wealth of entertainment ...
New Products - 7/05

SIGGRAPH 2005 Electronic Theater
Films and animated shorts will have plenty of screen time at the event, as they did last year. This year, however, they will play alongside a greater number of non-entertainment-related clips, as the ...
Product Spotlight - 7/05
NaturalMotion has revealed that it will demonstrate the latest version of its Endorphin real-time 3D character animation software during SIGGRAPH 2005 in Los Angeles.
The Play's the Thing
Given the recent focus on next-generation game consoles, with their graphics, processing, and networking improvements, it’s clear that gaming hardware is progressing at an impressive rate. But is the ...
DeckLink HD Pro
The DeckLink HD Pro, the flagship of Blackmagic Design’s product line, is offered in two configurations: a dual-link (4:4:4) card, which I tested, and a single-link (4:2:2) model. The dual-link card ...
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