Digital Domain : Making of Medal of Honor Warfighter

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Digital Domain  just completed a gorgeous breakdown reel of their work for EA’s Medal of Honor Warfighter.

The cinematics for EA’s Medal of Honor Warfighter game tell a dramatic story within the game experience, with emotional scenes of life off the battlefield. Looking near-photo-real and featuring stunning animated characters, the style deliberately carries a ‘digital’ feeling to keep the cinematics and gameplay experience in the same visual realm. Digital Domain used the same techniques, technology and pipeline deployed for digital human creation on the feature films TRON: Legacy and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – adapting them to meet the faster turnaround time and stylistic requirements of cinematics.

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Discover the art of projection mapping

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Projection mapping may not be familiar to everyone, but the technique can be used to create some incredible visual displays. If you’re new to the concept — or just feel like learning a bit more about it — Belgian filmmaker Dane Luttik has put together a short documentary that delves into the phenomenon and provides some terrific examples. “Basically the idea is to send light really precisely on to objects, on to different structures,” explains artist Joanie Lemercier. “It’s pretty much the opposite of projecting a video onto a flat rectangular screen.” You can check out the entire seven-minute-long film below.

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2013 Oscar Winners Announced

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2013 Oscar Winners Announced at 85th Annual Academy Awards, Sunday in Los Angeles:
Argo Is Oscar’s Best Picture Life Of Pi also does well… After a night that most Oscar viewers would consider mixed – some moments worked, other jokes bombed or ran long – there were a few surprises and a lot of winners everyone predicted. Anne Hathaway scooped Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables (and sang on stage with the cast), Lincoln’s Daniel Day-Lewis picked up Best Actor and Argo was the Best Picture.
Christoph Waltz took home another Best Supporting Actor trophy for Django Unchained and Michael Haneke was the predictable champ in the Foreign Film category.
 
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Canon Rocks Hollywood With the EOS C500 4K

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Canon’s Cinema EOS System brings together unique expertise from the company’s DSLR, video, broadcast and lens divisions – offering exceptional quality and creative freedom to professionals of all kinds. With the new entry-level EOS C100 and the 4K EOS C500, the system has grown to meet a range of production requirements for users of all levels. Additionally Canon’s new cine zoom lenses provide excellent value and performance in EF and PL variants – offering compatibility with virtually any camera in production today.

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Exploration – Matte Painting

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Matte Animation for Exploration BREAKDOWN | VFX – Exploration from Pedro Fernandes.

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female character digital sculpting with zbrush

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WARNING! This Making of Contains Nudity.

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unnamed soundsculpture

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The basic idea of the project is built upon the consideration of creating a moving sound sculpture from the recorded motion data of a real person. For our work we asked Laura Keil, a berlin based dancer to interpret a musical piece – Kreukeltape by Machinefabriek – as closely as possible with the movement of her own body. She was recorded by three depth cameras (Kinect), in which the intersection of the images was later put together to a three-dimensional volume (3d point cloud), doing so we were able to use the collected data throughout the further process.

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Telemundo in The Rabbit Hole (Projection Mapping)

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Jake Jorgovan and the Rabbit Hole Creative crew have outdone themselves with a well done projection-mapped set for Telemundo’s Upfront 2012 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York. They had a handful with their last big outing, the touring set for Mute Math, but it looks like this one was every bit as challenging and delivered a great result. Using 10 of the Barco HD20′s (supplied by CT Video), they were able to map the set and deliver content using 4 Pandora’s boxes (supplied by DWP Live). The set from Onset Design was painted with Screen Goo, a technique Rabbit Hole Creative has used with success in the past. Dig it!

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MARI 3D digital paint tool (The Foundry)

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MARI is a production proven 3D digital paint tool designed to keep artists painting. Built from the ground up so artists can spend more time being creative and less time managing technical issues, MARI lets artists paint directly onto 3D models, view work in context and spend much less time copying files back and forth between applications.

Designed to meet the needs of even the most challenging VFX painting projects, MARI is capable of handling super high-resolution textures and millions of polygons without slowing artists down. MARI is open, scriptable and interacts well with other VFX tools and Photoshop. With a customisable UI to boot, with MARI, artists can work the way they want to work.

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3D – the Next Dimension

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The Helios from Paradise FX takes two industry-leading RED Epic digital cameras (each capable of 14-megapixel full frame images at 120fps) and combines them together for 3D capture

The process is a software one rather than a real-world one, for animated movies. For a film like Toy Story, it’s a matter of rendering the two different viewpoints in advance and combining them to create a 3D image – this is far easier than shooting in 3D with cameras, which why animated films have dominated 3D releases of late. A computer application, such as a game, has to do this dual-rendering in real-time, which is requires significant extra processing and often means 3D games run at lower frame rates or resolutions.

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