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Digital Production Buzz – July 20, 2017

Tonight, we look at the world of effects – from the early days of Star Wars to the latest in 360-degree VR effects. And a whole lot of very cool stuff in-between.

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Michele Yamazaki, Bruce Logan, Nancy Eperjesy, Miguel Angel Doncel, Ric Viers, and James DeRuvo.

  • VFX Technology is Exploding!
  • You Blew Up The Death Star?
  • Effects for 360-degree VR Video
  • VFX: To 8K and Beyond!
  • Great Sound Effects Make Your Visuals Real
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week

VFX Technology is Exploding!

Michele Yamazaki

Michele Yamazaki, VP Marketing, Toolfarm

Visual effects today are exploding in all directions, from microscopic particles to the global view of 360-VR video. Tonight, Michele Yamazaki, VP of Marketing for Toolfarm, shares her thoughts on the latest technology and where the trends of today will take us tomorrow.

You Blew Up The Death Star?

Bruce Logan

Bruce Logan, Director of Photography, Bruce Logan Film

What do you get when you combine a titanium bomb with a hand-held fire extinguisher? An exploding Death Star. Tonight, Bruce Logan, the visual effects wizard behind Star Wars, Tron, Airplane, and many other features talks about how today’s effects got their start.

Effects for 360-degree VR Video

Nancy Eperjesy

Nancy Eperjesy, President and Co-Founder, Mettle

Visual effects for 360-VR are very different from traditional filmmaking. Tonight, Nancy Eperjesy, president of Mettle, talks about the challenges in creating effects for a 360-world.

VFX: To 8K and Beyond!

Miguel Angel Doncel

Miguel Angel Doncel, CEO, SGO

Mistika is a creative VFX system capable of real-time work at 8K resolutions and beyond. Combining VFX tools with traditional color grading, it is built on a common foundation of metadata, as Miguel Angel Doncel, CEO of SGO, explains.

Great Sound Effects Make Your Visuals Real

Ric Viers

Ric Viers, CEO, Blastwave FX

The best way to improve the quality of your visual effects is to improve the sound effects underneath them. Tonight, Ric Viers, CEO, Blastwave FX, joins with with a series of announcements all designed to improve the quality of our effects.

The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

James DeRuvo

James DeRuvo, Film and Technology Reporter, DoddleNEWS

James DeRuvo, Senior Writer at DoddleNEWS, has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. Covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James presents our weekly DoddleNEWS Update.

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