Designer of effects and experiences, author at LinkedIn Learning (lynda.com) and Adobe Press (After Effects Studio Techniques).

The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part Two

At the close of last week, Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) announced it would be moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver. While inevitable to many visual effects industry observers…

The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part One

A little over a year ago we ran an interview with Scott Ross regarding the state of the visual effects business on ProVideoCoalition. I was fortunate enough to catch up…

Wait and CC

Earlier this year Adobe committed to a customer strategy that can accurately be described as bold. The Creative Cloud offering rather abruptly shifted the Adobe customer relationship to a subscription…

Cinefex Magazine, the craft of visual effects, and you

Readers of this post fortunate enough to have attended film school had the opportunity to study the masters of crafts from directing and cinematography to lighting and scene design. Look…

How the Hackintosh Suddenly Caught Fire

How the Hackintosh Suddenly Caught Fire

Yes, it literally caught fire. This is the story of one man’s experience assembling and running a Hackintosh. For anyone unaware of this illicit, but not yet forbidden…

VFX Workers Next Steps: Pi Day

After a dramatic few weeks that have seen Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for VFX Oscar winner Rhythm & Hues, VFX protests at the ceremony, along with a sea of green…

Lessons from the Southern Wild

Lessons from the Southern Wild

The text came in late one evening – who could be in New Orleans immediately for VFX supervision? The call was going around San Francisco, apparently because the film had…

Shotgun production management software deals lower-cost subscription model

Chances are that you have no first-hand experience with Shotgun, Tank or Revolver (although if you live in Texas you will no doubt initially claim to be familiar). With…

Why is the VFX business failing? Questions for Scott Ross

Q. Let’s begin with the questions I posed earlier this week. Is what is happening in VFX in 2013 any different than what is happening to any number…

Why is the VFX business failing at its moment of greatest success?

Why is the VFX business failing at its moment of greatest success?

In less than 3 weeks, something like a billion viewers worldwide will look on as Life of Pi wins the award for Best Visual Effects at the 85th edition of…