Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The VFX Show, "Forrest Gump"

Listen to the newest edition of The VFX Show, with Mike Seymour, Jason Wingrove and me, Todd Vaziri, talk about the visual effects of Robert Zemeckis' 1994 masterpiece, "Forrest Gump."

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Oscar Tweets

Here are some highlights from my Academy Awards-night Tweets.

(If you're not following me on The Twitter, then shame on you.*)
  • Just saw Ben Snow on The Television
  • Just saw David Hisanaga, John Walker and Aaron McBride from @ilmvfx on The Television.
  • Here is one reason why our work on "Iron Man 2" by @ILMVFX was nominated for an Oscar.
  • Warren Beatty looks like he'd rather be anywhere other than where he is right now.
  • Oh, dear, why would they put George Hamilton's corpse on TV? Oh, that's Valentino. Nevermind.
  • Oh, I remember when Nicole Kidman was human.
  • Hugh Jackman: Movie Star.
  • Hugh Jackman is cool even in crummy movies.
  • I'm two for two tonight. (In my predictions.)
  • Robert Stromberg, former vfx artist, now has two Academy Awards for Art Direction. Yeahhh!!!!
  • I'm six out of seven.
  • I'm still a bit amazed that there are TWO categories for sound.
  • James Franco: "Congratulations, nerds," on the Technical Academy Awards. I don't know how to feel about that one.
  • My instinct was, 'eff you, Franco.'
  • That's, **Academy Award Winning Film** "The Wolfman."
  • Just saw Florian Kainz from ILMVFX on The Television.
  • You played off Aaron Sorkin, but had time for Auto-Tune the movies?
  • Technical Oscars shot = too many white dudes. And this is coming from a mostly-white dude.
  • A standing ovation for Billy Crystal - if that's not a huge rebuke of tonight's show, nothing is.
  • Yeah, The Predictinator nails it.
  • I'm happy The Predictinator got it right. But I'm sad that our work on "Iron Man 2" didn't win.
  • I'm sticking with "eff you Franco" on the "Congratulations, nerds," quip.
  • Darn - I screwed up Best Director. I guess I really really really wanted Fincher to get it.
  • Nailed it. Now I'm 17/23.
  • (For Best Actor) British + cripple + crying = guess who will win?
  • Hey, @jamesfranco. The five nominated visual effects films earned $3.5 billion dollars. So that's what nerds did.
  • Showing my work: Alice-$1.024B, HP71-$948M, Inception-$823M, IronMan2-$622M, Hereafter-$101M = $3.518B. Data from
  • Final tally - I predicted 18 out of 24 categories.

*Just kidding. It's just that I've been so busy lately, I haven't had time to post here on FXRant. So crummy Tweets will have to do for now.

22 Years in a Row

As detailed in this post, we used The VFX Predictinator to predict the winner of the visual effects Oscar, "Inception." We were correct.

Our formula has now accurately predicted the winner of the visual effects Academy Award for its 22nd straight year.

Heh heh.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

"Inception" Nabs The Oscar

Congratulations to the entire "Inception" visual effects and physical effects teams for earning the Oscar for visual effects at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb