Tyrant, FX’s new drama produced by Fox 21, tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, a fictional country Encore VFX helped realize through exotic set extensions, extravagant computer-generated palaces and city skylines, subtle environmental work and crowd duplication. On site in Morocco, where the pilot was shot last fall, Encore VFX supervisor Doug Ludwig worked closely with the show’s production designer and art director to scout locations that conveyed the appropriate level of opulence, which were then further enhanced with VFX.
Kira Karlstrom has been appointed business development executive of Arsenal FX, the visual effects post house specializing in high-end commercial finishing. Previously, she was a manager in the Live Events Division at Marvel Entertainment.
Airbag Productions, in Melbourne used Frankie for both interactive and independent reviews during the creation of a commercial for Vauxhall Insignia, which features creative CG images of metallic birds, bulls and dolphins that morph into each other and the car.
Los Angeles-based Juan Ignacio Cabrera recently handled the post-production for the second and third seasons of Chosen, the most successful show on Sony's Crackle TV network.
Origin Digital Studios has been launched in Burbank, California as a new collective of veteran visual effects artists, producers and supervisors. The announcement was made today by company president Mark Miller.
When planning the post-production phase for her film Movie Night, Anne McCarthy turned to Burbank-based AlphaDogs, having worked with them previously. “I now use AlphaDogs exclusively after they were able to fix a problem I had on a past project in just 24 hours. I knew my film would be in good hands and would not have risked taking it anywhere else,” said McCarthy.
SGO has released version 2.0 of Mamba FX, which gives compositors new toolsets that extend the existing SGO product line and draw on Mistika's compositing and image quality technology. The company says the update also adds several innovative features and functionality.
Continuing its expansion mode, Filmworkers has formed a new in-house creative unit, Churchill’s Studio, focused on visual effects and animation. Headed by visual effects director Rob Churchill, the new unit will provide services ranging from compositing and visual effects to full CG production.
The $4 million Wonders of the Arctic 3D natural world epic marks Science North's fifth IMAX production in conjunction with Lickley and Chicago’s Giant Screen Films. The 42-minute film, which focuses on the effects of climate change to the Arctic environment and the impact on humans and animals, such as the resilient Inuit peoples and Polar bears that reside there, has been distributed in more than 100 theatres around the world.
Pixel Magic completed more than 100 visual effects shots for Sony Pictures Entertainment's feature 22 Jump Street, the sequel to the 2012 hit movie, 21 Jump Street.