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How HBO’s ‘100 Foot Wave’ Captured Big-Wave Surfing

Cinematographer and surfer Mike Prickett developed techniques and camera systems for photographing these unrepeatable moments — and even had his story featured…

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How HBO’s ‘100 Foot Wave’ Captured Big-Wave Surfing

Mike Prickett not only served as director of photography on 100 Foot Wave, but his own story is so uniquely intertwined with big-wave surfing that it is even depicted in episode five of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary series. “In the world of cinematography in the ocean, Mike Prickett has been at the forefront,” says big-wave […]

Academy Software Foundation Developing Open Source Review and Playback Tools

The Academy Software Foundation kicked off a pair of projects on the opening day of CG confab SIGGRAPH: The Open Review Initiative, aimed at developing an open source toolset for playback, review and approval of motion picture and other entertainment media; and the Digital Production Example Library, which will make production-grade sample content available in […]

‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Production Designers: “Our Core Mission Is to Celebrate Black Women”

SKETCH: “FUNERAL BALL” This sketch — a callback to season one’s “Basic Ball” — was shot on location at RSI Locations in Pomona in an abandoned medical campus. “We had a bunch of tinsel and our title card lit up with marquee lights, and we wanted to bring those elements over to this sketch,” explains […]

DreamWorks Animation to Release Renderer as Open-Source Software

With annual CG confab SIGGRAPH slated to start Monday in Vancouver, DreamWorks Animation announced its intent to release its proprietary renderer, MoonRay, as open-source software later this year. MoonRay has been used on feature films such as How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Croods: A New Age, The Bad Guys and the upcoming […]

Best of Show Winner ‘The Seine’s Tears’ Leads SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Lineup

A group of student from French animation school Pole 3D used CG to tell a powerful story about the Paris Massacre of 1961, which has now qualified for Academy Awards consideration. Computer-animated short The Seine’s Tears (Le lames de la Seine) has already collected several awards, most recently the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation. […]

Streamland Media Keeps Up Buying Spree With Ingenuity Studios Acquisition

Streamland Media — the postproduction giant that bought Technicolor Post and Sim Post in 2021 — is continuing its growth with the acquisition of U.S. and Canada-based visual effects business Ingenuity Studios. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ingenuity Studios is headquartered in Los Angeles and also maintains offices in New York, Vancouver and […]

‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Teaser Trailer Drops

Netflix dropped its teaser trailer and new key art for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio on Wednesday. The teaser for del Toro’s richly crafted stop-motion reimagining of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel opens with narration by Cricket (Ewan McGregor). “From my many wandering on this Earth, I had so much to say about imperfect fathers and imperfect sons, […]

Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Announces 2023 Awards Timeline

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild announced the timeline for its 10th annual MUAHS Awards, which will be held Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Guild (IATSE Local 706) honors achievements for make-up artists and hair stylists in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theater. Last season, Coming 2 America won three MUAHS Awards, […]

Location Managers to Honor Red Nation Celebration Institute for Initiatives to Promote Inclusivity

The Red Nation Celebration Institute, whose efforts have included training Native Americans to be location professionals and tribal film liaisons, will receive the Trailblazer Award from the Location Managers Guild International at the 9th annual LMGI Awards. During the ceremony,  Aug. 27 at the Los Angeles Center Studios, the guild will honor the Institute’s “initiatives […]

Pixar’s Pete Docter to Become an Honorary Member of the Visual Effects Society

The Visual Effects Society has announced its newest lifetime and honorary members as well as this year’s recipient of the VES Founders Award, all of whom will be recognized during a special event in October. Educator and industry vet Pam Hogarth will be presented the VES Founders Award at the event. Pixar chief creative officer […]

Martin Scorsese to Be Honored by Location Managers Guild

Martin Scorsese will receive the Location Managers Guild International’s Eva Monley Award for a filmmaker whose efforts have demonstrated “above and beyond” support of the work of location professionals. The award – named in honor of the late location scout who worked with directors such as John Huston, Otto Preminger, and David Lean – will be presented […]

‘Black Panther 2’ DP, ‘Boba Fett’ and ‘Stranger Things’ Teams Among Creative Arts Emmy Nominees

The cinematographer of Ryan Coogler’s upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and a team of Skywalker Sound’s Star Wars franchise vets are among Tuesday’s Creative Arts Emmy nominees. Supervising sound editors Matthew Wood (a five-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner) and David Acord (a two-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner) each earned a pair of Emmy noms for […]