Archive for the 'VFX for Films' Category

Fighting For The Lion’s Share

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Jumping from the “squared circle” to the big screen has come naturally for wrestling icon, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

If you “smell what the Rock is cooking”, chances are it involves another box office hit. Be sure to check out a behind the scenes breakdown of Hercules in this FXGuide interview. You’ll hear how concept artist Rob Bliss and the Weta Workshop used ZBrush to bring a sixteen foot lion to life. FXGuide is a premier publication committed to continually giving readers the goods on how their favorite special effects come to life.

Return Of The Fab-Four

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The Aaron Sims Company is synonymous with producing concept designs for some of the industries most beloved films. Recently, they played a role in bringing an old favorite back to the big screen. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles defined a generation and spawned a myriad of spin-offs and a long-lasting cartoon series. As cultural icons go, you can’t argue with the foursome’s staying power.

In a recent interview with ComicBookMovie.com, Aaron Sims Company artist, Jared Krichevsky sat down to discuss the studios process for how the turtles came to life. Working side by side with other Aaron Sims Company ZBrush artists, Jared Marantz, Andrew Domachowski, Cameron Ward, Kelton Kram and Tsevtomir Georgev provided the framework for what these icons would eventually look like on screen. Motion capture duties saw the talented men and women of ILM take control of the reigns. If you haven’t seen the film, be sure to strap yourself in for a wild ride. Cowabunga!

 

Wings Of Destiny

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HBO’s Game of Thrones continues to captivate audiences with high caliber big screen special effects and award winning cinematography. It’s no wonder viewers can’t get enough. Bringing creatures like fire breathing dragons and mythic beings to life is a lot easier when you’ve got ZBrush working with artists behind the scenes. Pixomondo’s own, Dan Katcher started his visual arts journey a long time ago. You could say he was a young man on a mission. CG Society’s interview with Lead Modeler Dan Katcher takes us back to the beginning to find out more about his love affair with ZBrush and features like Dynamesh.

The Ultimate Judge Match on SyFy Network’s “Face Off”

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Syfy Network’s, “Face Off” continues to draw a crowd. The latest episode saw Neville Page going “head to head” in all out judges grudge match. The competition was fierce but in the end, Neville was able to take home the win while incorporating the power of ZBrush to establishing his designs. Learn more about Face Off by visiting the SyFy network’s homepage.

Drop It! One More Time

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RoboCop burst onto scene in the 1987 cult classic of the same name and immediately became a sensation. The dude even had his own video games that spanned across the 8 and 16-bit genres! No small task for a lone cop from a future Detroit! With a signature phrase that would leave the Terminator speechless, Murphy’s “Drop It!” can still be heard through the hallways of our office from time to time. Rejoice fellow ZBrushers, because your favorite cyborg cop is back and this time he’s got a high-tech suit designed in ZBrush. Check out this incredible behind the scenes, “making-of” footage from Legacy Effects! You’ll see how a simple concept sketch can transform into a fully wearable, blockbuster movie costume!

If your trigger finger is itching to design your own “robo” inspired suit, you’ll need to start with a high powered helmet! Lucky for you, we’ve been hard at work updating a video series covering just what you’ll need to get the job done! You’ll have to get your own Ford Taurus.

Be sure to visit ZClassroom for even more educational content and learn how to take your digital sculpting further.

ROBOCOP – Making of the Suit – Legacy Effects

Hans Rudolf Giger: A Lifetime Of Creativity Remembered

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Cooking Up A Storm

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In preparation for this summer’s Trojan Horse Was A Unicorn festival happening in Portugal, ZBsee member CarlosVidal “cooks up” a little crab meat to keep our appetites in check. Take a look at how Dynamesh, ZRemesher and UV Master come together to help finalize his designs. Visit CarlosVidal’s user gallery for more beach ready digital sculpting.

Bulldog – THU Challenge

Fiddler Crab – THU Chanllenge

 

Dino Danger And A Mouth Full Of Fangs

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Fangs, wings, scales and other creepy staples are what you’ll find inside ZBSee member Swordlord’s thread. Living up to his username, the beasts have been officially “slayed” and his clients at SpecialOne are probably reveling in glory! Check out some cool animation breakdowns and a user gallery filled with more cold blooded critters than you can shake a tail at! Be sure to visit the ZBrush download center to download alphas and other useful resources designed to help add dynamic layers of realism to your work. The download center is full of community created content being used by other ZBrushers just like you.

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Spinning A Web With The Team Down Under

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The team at the Weta Workshop takes us behind the veil with this often unseen look at their process. Check out the magic of movie making and see how ZBrush is used by the pros. They recently had a hand in bringing the Amazing Spider-Man 2 to the big screen. Watch, as the practical effects world collides with your favorite digital clay. You’ll see everything from costume production, mechanical prop manufacturing and digital asset production brought to life by 3D printers. The men and women from down under sure can “spin a web”.

Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Horn Of The Rhino

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The Spider-Man franchise continues to weave a web through movie theaters. The latest iteration of everybody’s favorite “web-slinger” hit the big screen to rave reviews with the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Check out ZBSee memeber, monstermash’s renditions of Spidey and a new take on the Rhino. These concepts were developed for the Aaron Sims Company and helped formulate new looks for the characters in the film. Check out more of Jared’s ZBrush work inside his user gallery.






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