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May 2012

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SERVING THE INDUSTRY SINCE 1986 VOL 27 · NO. 5 2 EDITOR'S LETTER Green initiatives By Randi Altman TRENDS 20 GOING GREEN Acceptance continues among post houses. By Randi Altman VISUAL EFFECTS 24 THE ART OF COMPOSITING Combining roto, keying and tracking techniques to create believable effects. By Marc Loftus STEREO 30 2D-TO-3D CONVERSIONS Studios are perfecting work- flows to streamline the job. By Christine Bunish AUDIO 36 AUDIO FOR ANIMATION Embracing unreal sound. By Jennifer Walden 30 DAILY NEWS UPDATES STOCK FOOTAGE NEWS REVIEW GenArts Monsters By Fred Ruckel WEB EXCLUSIVE Titanic's stereo 3D conversion 36 Marvel Comics' new Avengers film brings together big names from the world of superheroes, such as Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, but it's also the result of teamwork between some super studios as well. ILM and Weta Digital were two of the main visual effects houses on the film, with many others also contributing. ILM created the digital NYC the characters populate as well as Hulk, using scans, molds and mocap of actor Mark Ruffalo. Weta created the Helicarrier explosion as well as the "Mountain Top Battle." The film was cut on Avids by Jeffrey Ford and Lisa Lassek. Turn to page 16 for complete details on the edit and visual effects. 24 16 2 POST SCRIPT Composing The Raven By Marc Loftus 4 BITS & PIECES What's new in post 12 STOCK FOOTAGE NEWS 14 DIRECTOR'S CHAIR Barry Sonnenfeld — Men in Black 3 By Iain Blair 16 COVER STORY Editing and VFX for Avengers By Daniel Restuccio 18 VISUAL EFFECTS Sony Imageworks takes on aliens and more for Men In Black 3 By Christine Bunish 46 PRODUCTS The latest in hardware & software 48 REVIEW Yanobox Moods By Brady Betzel This Month In • ILM's new fluid-simulation system for Battleship. • Realtime animation with a twist. • Adobe's cloud computing and subscription strategy. • AI lands an important role in filmmaking. Post • May 2012 1 THE AVENGERS TURN ME ON ESCAPE/SPEEDSHAPE THE PIRATES!/GOLDCREST ON OUR COVER

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