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Beetlejuice was just the beginning


Tim Burton’s newest film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is out soon, and it made me think just how many of the director’s films are either huge VFX blockbusters or do a great job of using subtle – but a lot – of effects. So I wrote about it for Inverse.

STYLE FRAMES 2016 is close, and has the big studios in design


In the design world, it’s pretty easy to look new projects up, watch the latest pieces of advertising and check out making ofs. But it’s not always as simple to hear from the people – the creatives – behind the work.

Luckily, there’s a Design Conference in New York on 7th and 8th November called STYLE FRAMES that’s going to be hosting some of the big studios and the big names in design.

I wish I was going.

Frank Balson from Blur is presenting at STYLE FRAMES. He helped make that crazy Deadpool opening sequence.

Here’s a list of some of the studios attending:

Passion Pictures
Imaginary Forces

There are a whole bunch more – check out the full list here – representing design, animation, VFX, interactive and VR.

The conference organisers have given me a discount code to share with vfxblog readers. It’s SFVFXBLOG and gets you 10% off STYLE FRAMES tickets.

By the way, STYLE FRAMES is run by Stash Media, Inc. (they publish Stash Magazine and the Stash Permanent Collection) and FITC (creative tech events), so they know what they’re doing.

Looks pretty cool, hey?

The vfx supe who doesn’t really think about vfx, and how you can learn from him


Rob Legato has won two visual effects Oscars (for Titanic and Hugo). He also got nominated for Apollo 13 and he’s won a couple of Emmys for his work on two Star Trek TV series. You most recently saw his vfx supervision in The Jungle Book, an almost all-CG film.

But Legato is one of those vfx artists who doesn’t really think in terms of CG or visual effects – he just thinks in terms of how the shots he’s supervising will be part of the final sequence, the final shot, the final frame.

Chicken kung fu


Animal Logic’s The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short plays before Storks in cinemas right now, and I got a chance to talk to some of the team about how it was made. And about LEGO chickens. Here’s the story at Cartoon Brew.