Siggraph 2013 Tech Preview

seams like a lot of good papers at the next Siggraph, especially the Hair-Stuff looks impressiv..

R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

I am probably too young to talk about the amazing and pioneering work of Ray Harryhausen.. but.. damn it will never forget the moment when i saw the Sceleton-Sequence from "Jason and the Argonauts" as a small boy for the first time. It was just astonishing. It was probably around '93 when a saw Jason for the first time and even back then, most people werent able to explain this technique... so Ray Harryhausen was a true magician, someone who just changed a lot and paved the way for so many things in the movie/vfx industry. Thanks Mr Harryhausen.

BASSAWARDS – Bronze – “A Thing Called Love”

Dyrdee just recived the Bronze Bassaward for their Channel Ident of Viva called "Thing Called Love".

"These days every teenager should know how propagation works. But for those who are still clueless we tell the story of birds and bees in a totally different way. Large airplanes turn the laws of physics upside down by acting like small insects, making out heavily with a group of big winged windmills. As the sun sets the technical orgy climaxes in a cloud of metal seeds flying into the sunset. The footage was shot on a red epic and stuffed with state of the art CG VFX to achieve the stylized retro realism."

I worked on this project as a freelancer and was responsible for the whole 3d pipline and the on-set vfx supervision. It was a really short and challenging project, around 2 weeks for postproduction, but was a good experience and the work with Jochen Weidner was a pleasure (as usual). He did all the 2d work.

“An Open Letter to Ang Lee”

just a repost, but its so important. Its time to change somethings, its always sad to say realy brilliant companys closing, talented artists loosing their jobs and nobody caring or reading the names of all the vfx artists after catering and drivers in the credits. true vfx is just a "tool" its not making a movie on its own, but this tool is necessary to tell a few storys (like benjamin button or life of pi)... so its time to stand up for a change. a big thank you to Phillip Brostel and the guy behind VFX SoldierReposted with permission: "Dear Mr. Lee, When asked about the bankruptcy of Rhythm + Hues, the visual effects house largely responsible for making your film “life of Pi” as incredible as it was, you said: “I would like it to be cheaper and not a tough business [for VFX vendors]. It’s easy for me to say, but it’s very tough. It’s very hard for them to make money. The research and development is so expensive; that is a big burden for every house. They all have good times and hard times, and in the tough times, some may not [survive].”