The Dream Factory
June 1st, 2007

The real magic of the movies happens inside the powerful computers of digital effects houses today — where the weather, interfering studio suits and the limitations of real-world physics can’t hold up the shoot or ruin million dollar sets.

Putting stars in space
March 22nd, 2014

The modeling and concepting done by Nicholson’s team was all early-stage production. Most of the animating was done according to his work in the 6-9 month after his part in Gravity was already over, which meant anything they sent to the animators had to be rock solid.


Artificial Intelligence – a Top Ten LIst
August 1st, 2008

It’s human nature — since time immemorial we’ve attributed human characteristics to everything around us. From the Freudian (so we don’t feel so alone in the universe) to the commercial (Pixar’s box office hauls), the reasons why pop culture is full of human-like intelligence are endless.

Classic Scene: Cloverfield
October 16th, 2011

Watching for tracking shots is always fun, but they work best when you don’t even realise they’re there. Director Matt Reeves’ Godzilla homage Cloverfield had a unique device that allowed him to include some impressive sequences — the story about a giant beast attacking New York was all done from the point of view of a camcorder user, Blair Witch Project-style.


How To Be a Player
December 1st, 2004

Has the path to acting success changed much? Just how do you get there? Do you need the training? Do you pursue stage or screen? Do you pose for Playboy and check into rehab?

Monopoly Money
November 1st, 2006

With a major Australian distributor changing its name to that of the studio owning it, is the line between production and distribution disappearing?






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The Dream Factory Barely a movie reaches our screens today without digital effects, but did ...
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