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15 APRIL 2014

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern

Tate Modern: Exhibition, 17 April–7 September 2014

"Henri Matisse is a giant of modern art. This landmark show explores the final chapter in his career in which he began 'carving into colour' and his series of spectacular cut–outs was born. ...

In his late sixties, when ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions. In time, Matisse chose cut–outs over painting: he had invented a new medium. ...

For the first time ever, we are broadcasting live into cinemas around the country with an exclusive film about the exhibition. Matisse Live offers an intimate, behind–the–scenes view of the artist via beautiful footage of the works, interviews with his friends plus rare archive footage of Matisse at work."

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Simon Perkins
26 FEBRUARY 2014

Life After Pi: a plea to change practices deemed unsustainable in the VFX industry

"In February of 2013, John Hughes, founder of Rhythm & Hues Studios, regretfully announced that the company was going bankrupt. With no way to pay his hard working employees, and no other options, hundreds were laid off. Two weeks later, they won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for 'Life of Pi.'

These were tragic, ironic times, and as employees, we were compelled to document it. As the bankruptcy finalized and layoffs continued, we began filming–watching helplessly as one of the most prestigious VFX companies in the world crumbled. As we all asked how this could happen, many stood up in outrage, sounding the alarm that this incident was not an isolated event, but a reflection of greater problems.

The old model of the movie business is passing away, yet modern–day Hollywood grips it ever more tightly. VFX companies and artists are treated as mere cogs in the machine, with little regard to creating a sustainable, collaborative working relationship. This will lead not only to the demise of more VFX companies, but to increasing instability industry wide.

Rhythm & Hues reached new heights in visual effects mastery with its stunning work on 'Life of Pi,' yet they still fell into bankruptcy.

'Life After Pi' reveals the behind–the–scenes factors that led to this sad and unforgettable moment in the history of Hollywood."

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2013Academy Award • bankruptcy • behind-the-scenesdesign industrydesign professionalsHollywood • John Hughes • Life of Pi (2012) • masterymovie business • production model • redundancy • Rhythm and Hues Studios • sounding the alarm • sustainable practicesustainable production practicestransforming workplaces • unsustainable pattern of production • unsustainable practices • VFXVFX industriesvisual effectsvisual effects industryworking practices of designers

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Jonathan Hearn
17 AUGUST 2013

8mm behind-the-scenes home movie Making 'Dune' by Sean Young

"Dune, the motion picture was made in Mexico City, Mexico during the spring of 1983. Drafted by director David Lynch, Sean Young arrived on the set of Dune with her Super 8 camera in tow to shoot this documentary. Fresh off of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Young joined the cast of Lynch's big–budget adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune, one of the most ambitious science fiction tales in all of pop culture. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Dune cost about $45 million to make and earned only about half of it back. But you'd never know Dune would become such a notorious film by watching the smiles on everyone involved."

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19838mmbehind-the-scenesBlade Runner (1982) • Brad Dourif • David Lynch • Dino De Laurentiis • Dune (1983) • Frank Herbert • home movieKyle MacLachlanmaking ofMax von SydowMexicoMexico Citymotion picture • Patrick Stewart • Ridley Scottscience fiction • Sean Young • Sting • Super 8 movie camera

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Simon Perkins
09 JUNE 2013

BioShock Infinite: How Four Women Became One

The developer of BioShock Infinite "gives us a behind–the–scenes look at the voice (Courtnee Draper), body (Heather Gordon), brain (Amanda Jeffrey), and face (Anna Moleva) behind Booker DeWeitt's in–game companion, Elizabeth."

(Chad Lakkis, 20 March 2013)

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2013 • 2K Games • 3D scanning • Amanda Jeffrey • Anna Moleva • appearancebehind-the-scenes • BioShock Infinite • breathe life intocharacter builderscharacter compositecharacter designcompositescosplay • Courtnee Draper • Elizabeth (character) • empathetic charactersfirst-person point of view • Heather Gordon • Irrational Games • Ken Levine • lifelikemimicryperformance capturerealistic representationresemblancevideo gamevisual depictionvoice actors

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Simon Perkins
25 NOVEMBER 2012

The Hobbit: behind-the-scenes, Peter Jackson presents Video #9

Video #9 Published on YouTube 23 Nov 2012 by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films), Film premiere: 28 November 2012 (Wellington, New Zealand) Release Date: 13 December 2012 (UK)

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2012 • 48 fps • Abbey Road Studios • Alan Lee • Andrew Lesnie • animationAotearoa New Zealandbehind-the-scenes • Bilbo Baggins • Brent Burge • CGI • Chris Tomlinson • Chris Ward • Chris White • Christian Rivers • Christopher Boyes • colour grading • Dave Farmer • Dave Hollingsworth • Dave Whitehead • David Clayton • digital intermediate • Embassy Theatre • Eric Saindon • feature filmfilmmaking process • foley • HFR • High Frame Rate • Holly Acton • Jabez Olssen • Jed Brophy • Jerry Kung • John Howe • John Simpson • Karen Elliott • Kevin Sherwood • Lonely Mountain • making of • Marion Davey • Michael Semanick • motion capture • New Line Cinema • Park Road Post • Peter Cobbin • Peter Jacksonpost productionpre-visualisation • Raqi Sayed • SFXsound stage • The Hobbit • UKVFXWarner BrosWellingtonWeta Digital • Weta Workshops • WingNut Films

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Simon Perkins
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