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Mike Seymour, John Montgomery
vfx and 3D news
Nov 24, 2021
fxpodcast #336: Chris Corbould SFX Supervisor 007
SFX Oscar Winner Chris Corbould discusses Bond, Bombs, and Bank Districts.
Nov 17, 2021
fxpodcast #335: Nuke meet Unreal, play nicely.
The upcoming Nuke release sees the addition of direct Unreal importing and control.
Nov 11, 2021
fxpodcast #334: Paul Debevec on IBLs + Virtual Production LED Stages
We talk to Paul Debevec on IBLs and using them in LED Virtual Production Volumes along with guest Erik Erik Winquist from Weta Digital.
1 hr 12 min
Nov 1, 2021
fxpodcast #333: Perception, Designing Science Fiction & Science Fact
Jeremy Lasky co-founder of Perception discusses Science Fiction and Science Fact design projects.
1 hr 4 min
Oct 26, 2021
fxpodcast #332: Can Computational Photography be Cinematic?
Filmmaker and Chief Creative Officer at Maxon Stu Maschwitz joins us to discuss Computational Photography including the new iPhone13 Pro Max
1 hr 20 min
Oct 13, 2021
fxpodcast #331: The state of High End Character Animation
ILM's Rob Coleman provides insight into high-end Character Animation
Oct 6, 2021
fxpodcast #330: What is Machine Learning in VFX actually about?
Weta Digital's Andrew Glassner discusses machine learning and its role in visual effects.
Aug 26, 2021
fxpodcast #329: Is Camera Tech Still Important?
As part of a new panel series of fxpodcasts, we explore current Camera Tech and ask does it matter?
Aug 17, 2021
fxpodcast #328: How viable is Virtual Production?
As part of a new panel format series of fxpodcasts, we explore the technical and business challenges of Virtual Production stages.
Feb 23, 2021
fxpodcast #327: The Mill
We speak to the new CEO of The Mill about the companies new broader creative direction
Nov 3, 2020
fxpodcast #326: Andrew Jackson on Tenet
We talk in-depth with DNEG's Andrew Jackson about the incredible film Tenet.
Oct 8, 2020
fxpodcast #325: Virtual Production Epic Deep Dive
An exclusive follow up to The Pulse webinar, with Epic's Matt Madden answering some of the most technical and complex questions that came up from viewers + bonus Lighting video.
1 hr 15 min
Aug 24, 2020
fxpodcast #324: Harry Shearer: Son-in-Law
Indie Series 3: We explore Harry Shearer's Trans-Pacific VP film clip of Son-In-Law
Jan 22, 2020
fxpodcast #323: Oscar Countdown: Guillaume Rocheron 1917
As part of our Oscar Countdown Series, we speak to Guillaume Rocheron about 1917 and his process of VFX supervising.
Jan 13, 2020
fxpodcast #322: Oscar Countdown: Rob Legato The Lion King
As part of our Oscar Countdown Series, we speak to Rob Legato about The Lion King and his process of VFX supervising.
Jan 7, 2020
fxpodcast #321: Oscar Countdown: Dan DeLeeuw Avengers: End Game
As part of a new series: Oscar Countdown, we speak to Dan DeLeeuw about Avengers: End Game and his process of VFX supervising.
Oct 28, 2019
fxpodcast #320: Dr. Alvy Ray Smith, the Godfather of CGI
We talk with Dr. Alvy Ray Smith, a legend in VFX and CGI, who has worked closely with Ed Catmull, George Lucas, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates.
1 hr 20 min
Feb 6, 2018
fxpodcast #319: Wes Ball and Maze Runner: The Death Cure
fxpodcast is back with a detailed interview with Maze Runner Director, Wes Ball.
Apr 24, 2017
fxpodcast #318: Gems at FMX
We speak to FMX's Jean-Michel Blottiere about what was on the program this year!
Apr 14, 2017
fxpodcast #317: Beauty and the Beast at Framestore
We speak to Kyle McCulloch, Framestore's VFX Supervisor about the character animation in Beauty and the Beast.
Feb 22, 2017
fxpodcast #316: Marcos Fajardo
Marcos Fajardo, a co-winner of a Sci-tech Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque), on Arnold research including rendering with blue noise and future directions.
Nov 21, 2016
fxpodcast #315: Arrival overall VFX Supervisor Louis Morin
This week we discuss the effects of the incredible and instant sci-fi classic Arrival by director Denis Villeneuve.
Nov 14, 2016
fxpodcast #314: Doctor Strange overall VFX Supervisor Stephane Ceretti
An in-depth discussion of the new Doctor Strange blockbuster with overall VFX Supervisor Stephane Ceretti.
1 hr 2 min
Oct 12, 2016
fxpodcast #314: ILM and Deepwater Horizon
We speak to ILM visual effects supervisor Craig Hammack about his work on Deepwater Horizon for director Pete Berg.
Sep 27, 2016
fxpodcast #313: ZERO VFX & The Magnificent Seven
Mike Seymour talks to ZERO VFX Supervisor Sean Devereaux about the visual effects of The Magnificent Seven.
Sep 12, 2016
fxpodcast #312: Take Care of Your Eyes
We speak with Batool Jafri, MD about how artists can take care of their eyes.
Sep 1, 2016
fxpodcast #311: Prof. Hao Li, the new head of USC ICT Graphics
We talk to the insanely talented new head of USC ICT Graphics, Prof. Hao Li.
Aug 15, 2016
fxpodcast #310: Proof’s Ron Frankel + Beyond Trek’s Previs
We talk Previs with Ron Frankel : what are the challenges, where is it going and just what is the best 'quality' to show a director.
Aug 1, 2016
fxpodcast #309: Game of Thrones: those crazy bastards…
We turn our attention to the Emmys and the Game of Thrones nominated work done by Iloura in the "Battle of the Bastards" episode.
Jul 20, 2016
fxpodcast #308: Siggraph Preview & Pixar Piper
After a discussion about what we are looking forward to at Siggraph 2016 we speak with Alan Barillaro, Director of the latest short from Pixar, "Piper".
Jul 11, 2016
fxpodcast #307: Paul Debevec, USC ICT at SIGGRAPH (Exclusive)
In depth discussion with Dr Paul Debevec about the latest USC ICT SIGGRAPH work, doing even more accurate lighting capture and the new multi-spectral Light Stage. (Click through for Video and images).
1 hr 30 min
Jun 27, 2016
fxpodcast #306: Scanline & Independence Day: Resurgence
We talk to Scanline vfx supervisors Bryan Grill and Mohsen Mousavi about Independence Day: Resurgence and their incredible effects and animation pipeline.
Jun 13, 2016
fxpodcast #305: Facing those Turtles
We talk to Pablo Helman, ILM vfx supervisor for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, about their face pipeline.
Jun 2, 2016
fxpodcast #304: Alice Through the Looking Glass
This week we talk to Jay Redd visual effects supervisor on the new Alice Through the Looking Glass.
1 hr 4 min
May 20, 2016
fxpodcast #303: UK Union update
An update on the UK effort to unionize. Joe Pavlo and Paul Evans (BECTU) join us to discuss what has been done, what needs to happen and why.
Apr 28, 2016
fxpodcast #302: The Jungle Book
Mike Seymour talks with visual effects supervisor Rob Legato about how they brought the world of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book to life.
1 hr 17 min
Apr 11, 2016
fxpodcast #301: Lytro Cinema
At NAB, Lytro has announced their revolutionary new Light Field camera for film and television, the Lytro Cinema camera. John Montgomery gets the details from Lytro's Jon Karafin.
1 hr 7 min
Mar 30, 2016
fxpodcast #300: Haarm-Pieter Duiker
Mike talks with Haarm-Pieter Duiker, who has worked on amazing projects from the Light Stage 1 to the Matrix films, ..from ACEScg and to the latest EPIC Games GDC demo.
Feb 8, 2016
fxpodcast #299: Sci-Tech Awards – MARI
We talk to The Foundry's Jack Greasley about the Sci-Tech Award for MARI to be awarded this year.
Dec 6, 2015
fxpodcast #298: Weta Digital on their digital Paul Walker
Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri on the challenges of crafting a digital Paul Walker in Furious 7.
Nov 22, 2015
fxpodcast #297: Masters of FX, the book!
fxguide writer Ian Failes has written a book profiling 16 superstar effects supervisors, called Masters of FX. We find out what's inside.
Oct 25, 2015
fxpodcast #296: Real-time expression transfer – SIGGRAPH Asia preview
We explore the algorithms behind this incredible video from SIGGRAPH Asia 2015.
Sep 18, 2015
fxpodcast #296: Scorched Trails: Maze Runner Director Wes Ball
This week we speak to Director Wes Ball about his new film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, including VFX, Dolby Vision grading and sound mixing.
Jul 28, 2015
fxpodcast #295: DigiPro preview with DreamWorks Animation
We preview the DigiPro event in a discussion with Sven Pohle on DreamWorks Animation's Facial Motion and Deformation System.
Jun 22, 2015
fxpodcast #294: Making the 360 degree short HELP
How The Mill collaborated with Google ATAP and director Justin Lin on the Google Spotlight 360 degree Story ‘HELP’.
May 29, 2015
fxpodcast #293: Mad Max: Fury Road
In-depth with Fury Road visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and colorist Eric Whipp on the challenges of bringing George Miller's film to life.
1 hr 52 min
May 4, 2015
fxpodcast #292: Seeing Vision with Lola
Lola VFX discuss their facial work behind the character of Vision in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Mar 19, 2015
fxpodcast #291: Framestore and VR
This week we talk to Mike Woods, founder of Framestore's Digital Department and their dedicated VR Studio.
Mar 8, 2015
fxpodcast #290: Chappie
Mike Seymour talks to Chappie visual effects supervisor Chris Harvey, discussing the work by Image Engine and Weta Workshop for the new Neill Blomkamp film.
Feb 5, 2015
fxpodcast #289: SciTechs – finite element, DMM & Kali
We talk to the three recipients of a SciTech award for finite element analysis, DMM and Kali innovations in computer graphics and visual effects.
1 hr 16 min
Jan 20, 2015
fxpodcast #288: Cinefex’s Don Shay says goodbye after 35 years
We talk to long-time Cinefex publisher Don Shay, who has announced he has retired from the renowned VFX industry magazine.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 7, 2015
fxpodcast #287: Agent Carter vfx supe Sheena Duggal
We speak to Agent Carter visual effects supervisor Sheena Duggal about realizing the Marvel show's VFX.
Dec 15, 2014
fxpodcast #286: Paul Franklin on Interstellar
Interstellar visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin discusses the science, technology and art behind the incredible Christopher Nolan film.
1 hr 12 min
Nov 3, 2014
fxpodcast #285: Digital human league
This week we talk to Chaos Group's Christopher Nichols about the creation of a Digital Human League with key VFX industry members aimed at further research and discussion into synthetic human faces.
Oct 27, 2014
fxpodcast #284: Wes Ball on The Maze Runner
We talk to director (and fxphd Prof) Wes Ball, about the creation of his hit film The Maze Runner. As you will hear Wes is just days away from filming the sequel.
Oct 19, 2014
fxpodcast #283: SIGGRAPH Asia keynote Scott Ross
We talk to Scott Ross who will be a keynote speaker at SIGGRAPH Asia 2014, discussing 'Can Asia become Hollywood?'.
Sep 11, 2014
fxpodcast #282: Flame 2015 Ext2 Release with Philippe Soeiro
We catch up with Philippe Soeiro, lead product designer of Flame, about the next version that will be released this fall. It includes new Shotgun support with python hooks as well as various workflow improvements.
1 hr 5 min
Aug 26, 2014
fxpodcast #281: Milking the best for Doctor Who
In this week's fxpodcast we speak to Milk VFX about the effects work in the new series of Doctor Who.
Aug 4, 2014
fxpodcast #280: SIGGRAPH 2014 – the experts on the experts
We talk to DD's Doug Roble, MPC's Rob Pieké & Side Effects' Mark Elendt on what they're looking forward to at SIGGRAPH 2014.
Jul 17, 2014
fxpodcast #279: SIGGRAPH preview – Real-Time Live!
We preview the Real-Time Live! sessions at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, talking to Real-Time Live! Chair Nico Gonzalez and jury member Ari Shapiro from USC ICT.
Jun 30, 2014
fxpodcast #278: Transformers: Age of Extinction
This week, fxguide's Mike Seymour talks to ILM vfx supe Scott Farrar and ILM associate vfx supe Pat Tubach about the making of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Jun 25, 2014
fxpodcast #277: Shotgun users on the Autodesk acquisition
Key Shotgun users - Ben Grossmann, Zoic's Mike Romey and DreamWorks Animation's Lincoln Wallen - discuss their reactions to the Autodesk acquisition.
May 19, 2014
fxpodcast #276: Director Gareth Edwards on Godzilla
This week we have Godzilla director Gareth Edwards on the fxpodcast for an in-depth chat about his journey while making a new version of the famous Japanese monster film.
May 13, 2014
fxpodcast #275: Art direction in games
This week we speak to Robh Ruppel, an art director at Naughty Dog, about the role of art direction and production design in computer games.
May 5, 2014
fxpodcast #274: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Our detailed interview with SPI VFX supervisor Jerome Chen about facial performance, set re-creation and lighting in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
1 hr 5 min
Mar 31, 2014
fxpodcast #273: ILM’s Ben Snow on Noah
ILM VFX supe Ben Snow discusses the water sims, creature, digital foliage and timelapse work for Darren Aronofsky's Noah.
1 hr 12 min
Mar 14, 2014
fxpodcast #272: Digital costume design
This week we talk to Framestore CFX lead Juan-Luis Sanchez about digital costume design, including the incredible work he contributed to Gravity.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 2, 2014
fxpodcast #271: VFX Oscars March
In this special fxpodcast, we report directly from the VFX Oscars March which took place today in Hollywood.
Feb 17, 2014
fxpodcast #270: Solid Angle’s Marcos Fajardo on Arnold
This week we talk to Marcos Fajardo, the founder of Solid Angle which makes the renderer Arnold.
Jan 29, 2014
fxpodcast #269: SciTech winner Jeremy Selan on OpenColorIO
This week we talk to SciTech winner Jeremy Selan, developer of the OpenColorIO color management framework.
Dec 19, 2013
fxpodcast #268: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Key members of Weta Digital's visual effects team discuss the creation of Smaug, spiders, the barrel sequence and environments in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
1 hr 25 min
Dec 2, 2013
fxpodcast #267: I AM VFX Soldier
An exclusive, in-depth interview with Daniel Lay, the formerly anonymous blogger known as VFX Soldier. What motivated him to come forward now? You may have a perception of Soldier now, we're willing to bet you will have a different one by the end of the interview.
Nov 21, 2013
fxpodcast #266: Catching Fire vfx supe Janek Sirrs
In our latest fxpodcast, Mike Seymour talks to renowned visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs about crafting the effects in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Warning: plot spoilers.
Nov 4, 2013
fxpodcast #265: Paul Miller on creating VFX software
This week we talk to software developer Paul Miller who has contributed to VFX packages such as Elastic Reality, Toxik, Tiffen Dfx and Silhouette.
Oct 14, 2013
fxpodcast #264: Physically plausible shading at Pixar
We talk to Pixar's TD Paul Kanyuk. Paul will be giving a course on 'Physically Plausible Shading and Lighting on Monster's University and Beyond' at SIGGRAPH Asia in Hong Kong.
Oct 8, 2013
fxpodcast #263: Framestore’s Tim Webber on Gravity
This week we talk to Framestore's Tim Webber, who was the visual effects supervisor on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.
1 hr 6 min
Sep 25, 2013
fxpodcast #262: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
With the pilot episode of the much-anticipated Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. having just aired, we interview series visual effects supervisor Mark Kolpack.
Sep 19, 2013
fxpodcast #261: Voice-overs for your video project
We take a look at the world of voice-overs and how services like Voices.com can be used for video projects, podcast intros, commercials or animated films.
Aug 25, 2013
fxpodcast #260: Mark Spatny on TV VFX
Stargate Studios visual effects supervisor Mark Spatny on television VFX awards, the industry, artistic excellence and how effects is covered in the mainstream press.
Aug 15, 2013
fxpodcast #259: Elysium – Weta Workshop
We visit Weta Workshop to discuss practical props of Elysium with Rob Gillies, Workshop Sup. & Richard Taylor - co-director of Weta Workshop. We talk about the practical HULC suits and ultra cool weapons.
Jul 25, 2013
fxpodcast #258: SIGGRAPH 2013 – final report UPDATED
Mike gives a final rundown from SIGGRAPH 2013 and talks to The Foundry's Katana product manager Andy Lomas about an NVIDIA OptiX / Katana lighting preview demo presented by Pixar.
Jul 25, 2013
fxpodcast #257: Pixar’s Ed Catmull
As a SIGGRAPH special: an interview with Ed Catmull. Pixar's RenderMan is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary (see Main story) and Catmull helped develop and protect the renderer that has had such a key impact on the vfx and animation.
Jul 24, 2013
fxpodcast #256: SIGGRAPH 2013 – Tuesday Report
Mike and Jeff report from the SIGGRAPH 2013 show floor on Tuesday.
Jul 23, 2013
fxpodcast #255: SIGGRAPH 2013 – Monday Report
A special fxpodcast from SIGGRAPH 2013, Mike Seymour and Jeff Heusser report from conference sessions and an exclusive announcement from Pixar and The Foundry about Katana and RenderMan.
Jul 22, 2013
fxpodcast #254: Fabric Engine’s Creation Platform
EXCLUSIVE: From SIGGRAPH 2013, we talk to Fabric Engine CEO Paul Doyle and investor Marc Petit about Creation Platform, an application framework for building 2D & 3D apps suitable for VFX.
Jul 15, 2013
fxpodcast #253: Feasibility Study on Subsidies
David Yocis, an attorney who worked on the "Feasibility Study on Subsidies to Film Production and Visual Effects" commissioned by anonymous blogger VFX Soldier is our guest. We discuss what the study revealed as a plan of action for addressing subsidies.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 9, 2013
fxpodcast #252: DigiPro preview – Dneg’s fluid sims research
We chat with Double Negative's Harry Biddle about the render-time manipulation and generation of levelsets, which allow for the art-direction of fluid sims. Biddle will be presenting at DigiPro on the 20th of July.
Jun 24, 2013
fxpodcast #251: Man of Steel and the tech of Krypton
This week as part of our extensive MOS coverage, we talk to Weta vfx supervisor Dan Lemmon about Man of Steel.
May 21, 2013
fxpodcast #250: Star Trek: Into Darkness – ILM’s comp pipeline
In this week's show Mike talks to ILM's Jay Cooper, compositing supervisor, about the comp pipeline on Star Trek: Into Darkness.
May 6, 2013
fxpodcast #249: Iron Man 3 – Erik Nash, DD
This week we talk to Digital Domain's visual effects supervisor Erik Nash about the blockbuster Iron Man 3 from director Shane Black.
Apr 22, 2013
fxpodcast #248: Oblivion
This week we talk to Oblivion DOP Claudio Miranda, ASC and Digital Domain visual effects supervisor Eric Barba about in-camera projections, shooting in Iceland and realizing the world of Joseph Kosinski's film.
Apr 13, 2013
fxpodcast #247: NAB 2013 roadtrip recap
It's the annual post-NAB recap with Jeff, John, and Mike...recorded on the way back to LA from Vegas.
1 hr 28 min
Mar 11, 2013
fxpodcast #246: Oz – bringing China Girl to life: onset & animated
Mike Seymour speaks to VFX supe Scott Stokdyk, digital effects supe Francisco DeJesus and puppeteer Phillip Huber, the team behind China Girl from Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful.
Feb 28, 2013
fxpodcast #245: VFX roundtable – Scott Squires, Scott Ross, David Rand
Jeff Heusser talks to three visual effects industry veterans - Scott Squires, Scott Ross and David Rand - about the recent developments in VFX, from globalization to unionization to subsidies to working conditions to recognition and other on-going issues.
1 hr 15 min
Feb 25, 2013
fxpodcast #244: Film and game convergence
This week we speak to Hybride Technologies President Pierre Raymond about the convergence of films and games. Hybride is now a division of the game giant Ubisoft.
Feb 10, 2013
fxpodcast #243: Life of Pi VFX supe Bill Westenhofer
This week we talk to Rhythm & Hues visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer. Bill was the overall VFX supe on Ang Lee's Life of Pi, one of the nominees for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year and a recent BAFTA and VES winner.
Feb 4, 2013
fxpodcast #242: VFX legend Bill Taylor
This week, we talk to visual effects supervisor, director of photography and Illusion Arts founder Bill Taylor, who has been voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
1 hr 6 min
Jan 28, 2013
fxpodcast #241: Sci-tech winner: Mocha
We speak to Imagineer Systems CEO John-Paul Smith about the development of the amazing tracking / roto software mocha. John-Paul and his colleagues will be awarded a Scientific & Engineering Award at the upcoming Sci-Tech Oscars.
Jan 21, 2013
fxpodcast #240: VES Award nominee Eran Dinur
Visual effects supervisor Eran Dinur, from Brainstorm Digital, is part of the team nominated for a VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program for Men Who Built America.
Jan 13, 2013
fxpodcast #239: KATANA SciTech Oscar, Steve LaVietes
A conversation about the development of KATANA with Steve LaVietes, back end pipeline architect from Sony Pictures Imageworks. The developers of KATANA will receive a Scientific and Technical Technical Achievement Award from the Academy this year.