Oscars 2018 VFX: Blade Runner 2049 on the Short List

Oscars 2018 VFX: Blade Runner 2049 on the Short List

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 20 films still in the running for this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The shortlist includes Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” and Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Superhero tentpoles “Wonder Woman,” “Logan,” and “Thor: Ragnarok” also made the cut.

Netflix Series "Mindhunter" Post Production Process

Netflix Series "Mindhunter" Post Production Process

With each new project, David Fincher mesmerizes audiences with his unique storytelling and visual style. His latest project, the 10-episode Netflix series "Mindhunter", is no exception.

One of the keys to David Fincher’s success is a talented post-production team that shares his work ethic, passion for filmmaking, and willingness to push boundaries. Peter Mavromates has served as a producer and post-production supervisor on multiple Fincher projects, while Editors Kirk Baxter and Tyler Nelson, along with Assistant Editor Billy Peake and In-house VFX Compositor Christopher Doulgeris, are all veterans on the team.

Watch: 25 Creative Transitions from 'Stranger Things 2'

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"Stranger Things 2" does so much right, including its clever transitions.

Stranger Things is one of the most-watched Netflix shows in their original programming line-up, and it's not difficult to see why. The incredible acting (especially that of the young cast), dynamic storytelling, and beautifully moody visuals all contribute to creating its hugely popular 80s-themed sci-fi horror universe, but there's one facet of the show's filmmaking that some may not have noticed but totally should: its scene transitions.

In yet another excellent supercut, Zackary Ramos-Taylor shows us how creators The Duffer Brothers, as well as the show's directors, DPs, and editors, used clever scene transitions to not only tell more dynamic stories but to also add style and build tension.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

‘Blade Runner 2049’: How VFX Masters Replicated Sean Young as Rachael

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One of the great surprises of “Blade Runner 2049” was a stunning CG recreation of the Rachael replicant played by Sean Young in the original movie. The two-minute sequence brings an emotionally stirring reunion with Harrison Ford’s Deckard that required technical virtuosity and subtle performance. This major step in digital human animation should be rewarded with a VFX Oscar nomination.

Body double Loren Peta played the young Rachael (in costume, makeup, and with dotted face) and performed on set with Ford and Jared Leto (as replicant manufacturer Wallace). She was directed by Denis Villeneuve, with Young on set as well for reference. The goal was to merge the two into a perfect replica.

Blade Runner 2049 - Black Out 2022 Anime Short from Japan

In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo's Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new and highly-anticipated animated short which serves as a prologue for the upcoming feature film Blade Runner 2049.

-- Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, #BladeRunner2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.

A.I. Experiments: Exploring Machine Learning with Teachable Machine

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This experiment lets anyone explore how machine learning works, in a fun, hands-on way. You can teach a machine to use your camera, live in the browser – no coding required. You train a neural network locally on your device, without sending any images to a server. That’s how it responds so quickly to you. Watch this video to learn more:

Conversational Interfaces: The Future of Chatbots

Conversational Interfaces: The Future of Chatbots

When I published my last post, many readers were asking me to provide more details about Conversational Interfaces (CI). Therefore, today I want to go through some basic concepts about CI, highlight the main differences from other chatbot approaches like NLP or Voice UI. Finally, I will show some interesting examples.

As the bot market has passed the stage of hype and started to mature, many people realize that Chatbots are not going to replace Apps anytime soon.

Sure there are some early successes, but overall I think the industry is still trying to find the killer app/bot. (Though we don’t want a bot that can actually kill.)

Many companies are experimenting with different approaches to take chatbot to the mainstream. We can observe three major trends:

The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Chatbots

The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Chatbots

Everything you need to know.

What are chatbots? Why are they such a big opportunity? How do they work? How can I build one? How can I meet other people interested in chatbots?

These are the questions we’re going to answer for you right now.

Ready? Let’s do this.

(If you want to start using a bot to drive ROI for your business, I foundedOctane AI to help you do just that. We work with big brands and celebrities).

(p.s. here is where I believe the future of bots is headed, you will probably disagree with me at first.)

“~90% of our time on mobile is spent on email and messaging platforms. I would love to back teams that build stuff for places where the consumers hang out!” — Niko Bonatsos, Managing Director at General Catalyst

The Best 5 New UX Books Published In 2017

The Best 5 New UX Books Published In 2017

Nowadays, one of the most important habits for a successful UX designers and product designers is to learn and expand their knowledge and experiences through books, articles, working on side projects and courses that will boost their skills.

This is a list of the best 5 new UX books that have been published in 2017 and will help you in boosting your UX skills and experience.

Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat? Short Film: BLADE RUNNER 2049 - "2036: Nexus Dawn"

"Human action resounds in the heavens, the bell echoes above. What we decide here today will polish or crack the firmament. What shall it be?"

Welcome to 2036. Niander Wallace introduces his new line of replicants. Watch now. #BladeRunner2049, in theaters October 6.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, #BladeRunner2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.