Iron Man 3 - Weta Digital by David Mackenzie

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3

This post is a bit late, no doubt about that. I have to admit I am a massive sucker for the Iron Man films, no wait all of the Marvel films... Moving on, I really liked this look at some the of the great work Weta has done for Iron Man 3. The model of the cranes on the dock are sick with lighting and post the entire thing is completely believable. Check out the video below. 

Bringing Smaug to life by David Mackenzie


I really liked this quick video from Weta showing some of the phenomenal work on Smaug in the latest Hobbit film. You can check out below.

If you are interested in a more in depth discussion about their work, FXGuide has a great article here along with a great podcast that interviews a bunch of guys from Weta. Its well worth a listen, you can get here.

Ocean Water Test - HOT4MAX by David Mackenzie

Hot4Max Render Test

So a little while ago I wrote a quick article about a plugin I purchased called HOT4MAX . Long story short, this a very short render test of the plugin. I put the test together in about an hour, as you can no doubt tell by the camera animation. I can report, that the plugin really does work well. I have been very impressed with it. For the record I rendered the shot with V-Ray and comped it in Fusion.

If I get a chance in the next few weeks I will do another test with water spray and some interaction with the surface. I am interested to see how far I can push it as I have a couple shots in mind that I would like to put together.

If you need to do some ocean shots or renders then I highly recommend HOT4MAX. You can get the plugin here.

Life After Pi by David Mackenzie

Hollywood Ending
Hollywood Ending

As many of you are no doubt aware last year R&H went bust and then a week late they won an Oscar. I am not going to go into much more detail about the sequence of events that took place before and after the Oscars as it has been very well covered in the 3d and vfx community. Well, this week or a few weeks ago a documentary came out called the Life After Pi. I encourage all of you to watch it. No doubt, as content creators we can all learn this something from this documentary. Check out the documentary below:

I do have some thoughts on the documentary and the situation in general but I have to say what really needs to change is the business model above all else. Subsidies are always going to exist whether we agree with them or not but the business model can change. The other thing I wanted to mention is that other studios outside of VFX routinely face similar problems. Being forced to quote/bid projects at X and then being held to X cost no matter what. As an industry at large this is something we need to solve, however, it is hard when we are forced to compete against studios and freelancers running pirated software who underpay students and in general devalue our entire industry. That's my two cents.

Check out the doco and share it around it. Its a great insight into what was a great a studio.

Portal: No Escape by David Mackenzie

A friend of mine sent this short film to me. Its set in the Portal world of Aperture Labs and features some great shots and VFX. Here is the short:


Here is the making of:


I hope you guys enjoy it.