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January, 2012

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January 19, 2012 8:11 am

Side by Side Trailer

Side by Side is an interesting looking documentary which explores digital filmmaking and the industry’s movement away from photochemical processes. Produced by Keanu Reeves and directed by Christopher Kenneally, with interviews from some of the industry’s digital pioneers, this film could be a fascinating summary of the digital revolution we have seen in the last 20 years.

There is no confirmed release date at the moment, but the world premiere will be at the Berlinale on 15th February. If the film is well received, hopefully it wont be long before it’s seen on a screen near you.

January 4, 2012 10:09 pm

Ira Glass on storytelling

I stumbled across this fascinating 4-part monologue from This American Life host Ira Glass, discussing his thoughts on story-telling. His focus is primarily on radio and television broadcast, but I think that what he has to say has broader application such as film story-telling. Particularly interesting is section 3 on getting started in creating content.

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW6x7lOIsPE&feature=relmfu
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI23U7U2aUY&feature=relmfu
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baCJFAGEuJM&feature=relmfu

9:49 pm

Framestore does Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsAn interesting article from Computer Graphics World, looking at Framestore’s work on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Working in the Bournemouth office, I’m not always connected to everything that goes on in London, so I found this article especially interesting as it covers a lot of the work that I heard about but didn’t get to see in detail.

Full article here.

January 1, 2012 9:50 pm

The Year in Visual Effects

A whistle-stop review of some of the year’s biggest visual effects movies, paying respect to the incredibly detailed work done by some of the industry’s premiere artists. From the people at The Daily, with interview footage from FXGuide and Scott Broock.

1:41 pm

a year in review

2011 has been quite a year.

I started 2011 enrolled in the Digital Effects MA at the NCCA in Bournemouth. Attending that course was one of the best, but hardest things that I have ever done. I have never worked so hard before in my life and, even working in the VFX industry, it seems unlikely that I would work so hard, for such a prolonged period, again.

But it was great. I learnt a huge amount – about visual effects techniques and filmmaking in general. I had my first serious attempt at working with actors, something which I found to be very enjoyable and taught me the value of a strong actor and importance of giving a good performance-based direction. I learnt more about business, particularly as it applies to the VFX industry. And most importantly, I learnt a lot about myself.

I end 2011, still in Bournemouth, but now working for Framestore. I have 3 features to my name, including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, one of the biggest and best releases of the Christmas season, and a couple of other exciting projects to be released in 2012. And I’m still learning, now more than ever.

Its been quite a year.

To close, here is a clip which I found on Vincent Laforet’s blog. It’s a great summary of biggest news stories of the year and although there are a few notable omissions, it still merits a repost: A year in review, from Google Zeitgeist. I particularly like the way that it presents the news stories of the year through the tools we use to access them.

Best wishes for 2012.