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The new movie Iron Man may be based on the 1960s comic strip, but its special effects are anything but vintage. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi talks with the visual and animation supervisors at Industrial Light & Magic about pushing the limits of computer-generated images to create those "Marvel moments."
Movie visual effects master John Knoll and his brother built Photoshop as the result of a hobby. At the time, Knoll was working full-time at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic. Knoll, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Pirates of the Caribbean II, talked with CNET's Veronica Belmont about how he built the program.
ILM's visual effects supervisor oversees all the gruesome characters and supernatural transformations you see in the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Those effects have earned a 2007 Oscar nomination. Meanwhile, John Knoll is facing an April deadline for scenes to be in the next installment: Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End. CNET's Veronica Belmont got to talk with Knoll in his office the day after the nomination was announced.
How do you make a 30-foot robot/semi-truck appear lifelike? What about a creature with tentacles for a face? Those were some of the challenges for the visual-effects teams at San Francisco-based Industrial Light & Magic. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi talks with the designers behind Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End about some of the hurdles involved in creating special effects for an increasingly sophisticated moviegoing public.
At the DreamWorks press junket for Madagascar in San Francisco, we spoke to the visual effect supervisor of Madagascar, Philippe Gluckman, and learned about the complexities of animation within the jungle setting--from 4 million leaves on 14,000 plants to crowds of dancing lemurs.
CNET's Sumi Das talks to Senior Writer Daniel Terdiman about how the statistician comes up with his presidential forecast.
Muscle by muscle, bone by bone, the Industrial Light & Magic visual effects designers are using new software to create the scariest and most expressive animated monsters yet. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi goes behind the scenes of Paramount Pictures' new kids' film, The Spiderwick Chronicles, to learn more.
For the first time, Industrial Light & Magic did the visual effects on a fully animated feature. CNET takes a look at the process of making that film look like a live-action movie.
A new Star Trek movie is on the horizon, and Trekkies worldwide are eager to discuss the possibilities. Will the 11th installment bring Trek fans (and revenue) back to the Starfleet franchise? CNET News.com's Neha Tiwari talks to members of the "Trek Lives" panel at WonderCon 2007 in San Francisco.
Wilson G. Tang talks to the cast and director of the summer sequel 'Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' about the film's stunning visual effects, the challenges of acting against green screen and how films and video games are coming together.