Avatar Postproduction Featurette

Avatar Movie

Avatar is nominated for 4 Golden Globe (…so far). Avatar passed the  1 billion mark in worldwide gross in only 17 day. The Budget for Avatar was $280,000,000 (estimated). Quite a nice payback.

James Cameron’s Vision Featurette:

Samson Featurette: How it was developed and designed:

Avatar Movie

Concept Artist, Neville Page, discusses the design of the Banshee, one of Pandora’s fearsome creatures.

Ty Ruben Ellingson discusses his design concept for the AMP suit used in James Cameron’s epic new film, Avatar

A look at the world of Pandora, as portrayed in James Cameron’s epic new motion picture, Avatar:

Avatar Movie

Jon Landau, Producer of “Avatar” talks a bit about how Adobe software was used throughout the production of Avatar. Jon talks about PhotoShop, InDesign, Lightroom, After Effects (which was used on the set), Premiere Pro.

The Avatar Trailer if you did not see the movie yet:

Official Avatar Movie

GridIron Flow Visual Workflow Manager

GridIron Flow gives creative professionals and workgroups the ability to see, access, and share all their project files in one simple, elegant interface. The product, which has been lauded by industry influencers and beta users as a “must have” productivity application, now includes even more features.

GridIron Flow

“We’ve waited a long time for this day, but the final product was worth the wait,” said Steve Forde, CEO of GridIron. “Thanks to a world-class development team and the thousands of beta testers who not only thoroughly tested the software but helped shape the final version, Flow is a product that will help all creative pros, whether they work alone or as part of a group, become more streamlined and productive. No more lost files, no more accidents, no more all-nighters.”

GridIron Flow has been used by thousands of creative professionals since the public beta of the product was released in February 18, 2009. Users have experienced how the software provides a unique and total understanding of each project being worked on and allows them to track all the components of a project, regardless of where the files are located. With instant access to any file or version needed, creative professionals can get a lot more done in a lot less time—without having to do anything differently.

Key features of the product include:

  • Workflow Maps – Visual interface shows all project files and how they are connected
  • Share Maps – Allows multiple users to view the same workflow map across the network
  • Adobe CS4 Flow Flash Panel Provides access to GridIron Flow directly in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or Flash
  • Real-time Asset Tracking – Tracks the connections between project files in real-time
  • Visual Versioning – Accesses the complete history of a file and allows the user to revert to any version
  • Visual Search – Finds any file, even if it’s offline, and shows how it fits into a project
  • Foolproof Packaging – Gathers and updates all files automatically, keeping the package current
  • Time Tracking – Automatically records how much time was spent on a file or project

GridIron Flow

“The ability for Flow to be accessed directly within Adobe CS4 applications via the new Flash Panel is impressive because of the value it brings users,” said Johnny Loiacono, senior vice president and general manager, Creative Solutions Business Unit, Adobe Systems. “CS4 already delivers significant increases in productivity and Flow takes that to an even higher level. It is a product that most of our Creative Suite customers will find valuable.”

For more information see the links below:

GridIron Flow is available for immediate purchase from GridIron’s website at http://www.gridironsoftware.com/store/. A single user license is $299 USD, with a three pack also available for $399.

Photoshopping the Great Masters (by Deke)

Deke’s official marketing description:

They say you can’t be too rich or too thin. So how about getting rich by making others thin? Plenty of experienced retouchers make small but enviable fortunes shaving body fat off already lithe models. But rather than showing you a present-day example–honestly, how many times do we need to see underfed waifs made skinnier?–Deke takes us back to a time when ideas of beauty were very different: the High Renaissance. In those times of mean circumstances and manual labor, body fat was a thing to be envied. How best to take a well-fed model rendered by the likes of Raphael and turn her into a slim, trim, big-eyed beauty?

Deke’s great books and Tutorials are available on amazon

Adobe’s Everyday Timesavers on Adobe TV

Adobe’s evangelists plan to post a series of short, to-the-point videos called “Everyday Timesavers.”

First time savers are already available:

“One Man Against Attila the Hun” @ fxguide

One Man Against Attilathe Hun

Gareth Edwards did produce the 250 HD effects shots all by himself. Gareth was using Premier Pro, After Effects, mocha-AE, PhotoShop, 3D MAX and some more tools. Gareth spend almost 5 month on the post production.

fxguide did publish a great background story on the making of “One Man Against Attila the Hun

“Every once in a while we get a story at fxguide that indicates just how far and how fast the industry is moving. The post on Attila the Hun, directed by Gareth Edwards, is one of those stories. Edwards produced the 250 HD effects shots by himself in five months using After Effects and Photoshop. Averaging 2 shots a day, it was one man against the armies of Attila the Hun…. Read the rest of the story on fxguide

Make sure you watch the Quicktime movie that is on the page click on “Edwards prepared a shot breakdown QuickTime movie which you can download from fxguide.”