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Best Books on VFX

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People have been asking me a lot lately about the best books for VFX.  Most of these requests have come from production people in China looking to learn the basics so they can have a better understanding how to work with vfx during pre-production and on the shoot.

There are thousands of books nowadays, so I wanted to keep it really simple and clear.  Below are to me the best books for both someone looking to learn the basics and how vfx fits into the overall film-making process both technically and production management wise.

Unfortunately none of them are translated into Chinese, but maybe we’ll start to see more vfx books coming to the mainland as the industry continues to grow here.

If anyone has more suggestions please leave them in the comments!

 

ves

 

Wisdom from the best and the brightest in the industry, this visual effects bible belongs on the shelf of anyone working in or aspiring to work in VFX. The book covers techniques and solutions all VFX artists, producers, and supervisors need to know, from preproduction, to digital character creation and compositing of both live-action and CG elements.

Buy the book at Amazon.com North America here.

Buy the book at Amazon.cn China here.

vfxProd

 

 

Go behind the scene of the behind the scenes to learn how the business of producing the dazzling visual effects we see in movies and on TV works.  From pre-production to final delivery, this is your complete guide to visual effects production, providing insight on VFX budgeting and scheduling (with actual forms for your own use) and common production techniques such as motion control, miniatures, and pre-visualization.

Buy the book at Amazon.com North America here.

Buy the book at Amazon.cn China here.

 

brinkman

 

The Art and Science of Digital Compositing is the only complete overview of the technical and artistic nature of digital compositing. It covers a wide range of topics from basic image creation, representation and manipulation, to a look at the visual cues that are necessary to create a believable composite. Designed as an introduction to the field, as well as an authoritative technical reference, this book provides essential information for novices and professionals alike.

Buy the book at Amazon.com North America here.

Buy the book at Amazon.cn China here.

 

Doing Business in China

 Voilà  It's the moment of truth: Michael Lee sketches out how a complex flow of cash and debt will see his company's massive Nanjing project through to completion.

Packed into a cramped conference room in his company’s modest offices in NanjingChina, Lee’s key managers are at one another’s throats. The more angrily they spit blame at one another for the disastrous, unsalvageable situation the company finds itself in, the more enervated Lee seems to become, until finally he is no more than a slumped statue following the action only with slight movements of his eyes…  <read the full article here>  @  <http://www.inc.com/>

This is a great starter article on the subject.  The whole process of doing business in Asia is fascinating, and from our standpoint a necessity.  There is so much potential with making films in China.  The crews are great, the locations are places for the west that look like they come from another planet.  Creatively the Chinese are committed to making fantastic films for the world audience.  My dealings so far with the Chinese, (shot a film there) have been great.

I’m also reading a great book on the subject that I highly recommend…  The Art of the Deal in China

Anyone has any experiences on the subject, I’d LOVE to start a conversation!

listen to stephen king read a chapter from the sequel to the shining

At an awards ceremony at George Mason University last Friday, Stephen King regaled audiences with a chapter from Doctor Sleep, his upcoming novel about a grown-up Danny Torrance from The Shining…  <read the full story here>

I’m excited about this book.  I was never a big fan of Stephen King until a couple years ago when I read the Shining.  I was blown away about the economy of words, and the blatant description.  I plowed through the book in no time.  So I read a couple more of his books, and was thoroughly addicted.  It felt really cheezy, like I was selling out all my love for Dostoyevski and Hemmingway…  Then I read Steven King’s “On Writing”.  (if you haven’t read it, and are a writer of any kind, go out and buy it now!)  Man, that was it…  this guy is a genius up there with the all time greats.  His ideas are amazing, and his craft is impeccable.  I recon he doesn’t get the deserved respect because of the genre he writes in, but hey, what great things he’s done for the genre both in books and in movies!  redrum…

the paper fox project

The Paper Fox Project

I’ve just started a new project with the working title of “The paper fox”. My aim is to create an interactive storybook on iPad and Android tablets… <see the full story here> @ <http://creattica.com/>

What a visual way to tell a story.  Very clever technique, I’d love to see an animation with these characters.  Could be a great exercise to rig these things up and make their performance feel as good as their look.  You just naturally love these little guys, people can’t underestimate how well these characters have been designed.  Great work!

romantically apocalyptic dot com

The Captain and Squad

The year is 20__ something something.
I stopped counting a while ago, and therefore not sure what day it is.
Humanity is virtually wiped out in a nuclear holocaust…  <see the webpage here>

Not sure how popular this is, but I like some of the art and really like the whole web-page set up he’s got going on.  I just tooled around a little bit, and quite like his vibe.  Seems like some people putting it together in their time.  Love the passion!  Gonna start following this captain and see what he gets up to!

 

10 real life “memoirs” that read like scifi and fantasy stories

10 Real Life "Memoirs" That Read Like Scifi and Fantasy Stories

There are people in the world with life-stories that defy human imagination and expand our idea of what the human experience is like. And there are some people whose stories cross out of reality and into what reads a lot like a science fiction or fantasy epic… <read the full story here> @ <http://io9.com/>

I’m geeking out on this list…  Gonna try and get to them all, anyone have recommendations?

your picks: top 100 science-fiction, fantasy books

Illustration: A robot reads. (w)

More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners of NPR’s Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles… <read the full story here> @ <http://www.npr.org/>

Love books, and love NPR…  WOW, did I just type that?  I need to get out more!

the human future remains unchosen: an exegesis of deus ex: human revolution

 

Progress is not guaranteed. Be it moral, technological, scientific, or social, there is no reason to assume human civilization marches forever forward in step with time. Understood this way, we can realize that progress is a choice and something we as a species will to happen through the concatenation of our decisions.  <read full story here> @ <http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/>

Thought I’d put this one up on the site because I’m really into the half human and robot thing at the moment.  The design bits are awesome, but to me it’s the questions it raises.  They touch on it here in this article for the game.

I also recommend a book called “Machine Man” by Max Barry.  It’s one of those books you read in 24 hours.  I was pounding through it telling James “Man, we gotta make this one into a movie!”.  Got to the end, looked it up and sure enough Aronovsky is attached.

There’s still a wealth of ideas behind the idea of human choice to go droid…  we may be working something up ourselves here in the background…  more to come!