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EDITOR'S NOTE 2 POST JUNE 2016 ext month, SIGGRAPH 2016 will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, giving attendees an opportunity to see the latest advancements in computer graphics. 'Virtual Reality' is expected to have a prominent presence at the show, and according to program chair Denise Quesnel, the VR Village has grown considerably since its debut last year at the show in Los Angeles. "Last year was really reaction to what was going on," says Quesnel. "VR has always been so rooted in SIGGRAPH, since like '92 and '93, in that it eventually became 'Emerging Technologies.' It's always come up and down, and had a large academic focus. And as years went on and studios started paying more attention to SIGGRAPH as a major venue for them, we started seeing it bleed together a bit. It goes silent outside of the academic space, only to blast off again four years ago." My full interview with Quesnel can be found on Post's Website, where she details this year's plans and how the business is evolving. VR has grown into a storytelling device that is helping content creators achieve very clear goals, says Quesnel. Nearly 80 projects were submitted for consideration this year, so the 20 or so that were ultimately accepted for pre- sentation at SIGGRAPH represent the top tier of the work being done in the format. Keeping with the VR theme, this month Post brings you Part 3 of our "Special Report on Drones" (page 34). Interestingly, drone journalist Ben Kreimer recently participated in a SMPTE Webcast in which he discussed using drones to capture imagery that would be used to create VR content. Some of his examples include capturing imagery of historic sights via a drone and then using a stitching program to assemble 360-degree environments that can be explored via consumer devices. In August, we'll once again bring you what has become our annual feature on "Music Videos." Heavy metal band Megadeth is one of the first to employ VR into a consumer release. The band is offering a "Deluxe Fan Package" of their new Dystopia album that includes a cardboard headset and 360-degree concert video. Visit our Website for all the latest news. here's been some talk. Buzz about Hollywood's big summer blockbusters, and not the kind the studios want to hear. Questions about whether the studios can deliver the goods for this year's big summer season...or whether we will have a summer bummer. As a movie enthusiast, I choose to be optimistic. I'm excited about the season ahead — and for good reason. I work within the post community and know that the editors, VFX artists, colorists, directors, DPs, audio mixers and the like who I, along with Post's editorial team, speak with on a daily basis are working hard to produce and deliver their best work, whether the film on a whole is a solid hit…or miss. While it wasn't quite officially summer yet, there have already been some highly anticipat- ed spring films that have opened, both to glowing reviews and enormous box office success, as well as others with some disappointing results — Captain America: Civil War which, to date, grossed more than $1 billion at the box office, while Alice Through The Looking Glass opened at just over $26M. For the good or the bad, Post has covered both (see for Christine Bunish's interview with Alice VFX super Jay Redd). I spoke with Captain America's VFX super Dan DeLeeuw for our May issue, who talked at length about some of the film's key sequences, including the almost 20-minute-long airport battle. Sure, the film has been a huge success, but if it hadn't, should we not have acknowl- edged the outstanding work of the 14 studios who completed VFX for the film? Regardless of the numbers, Post is looking at the work the studios are doing and talking to the artists about the challenges and successes of some of the season's most anticipated films. We've already covered The Angry Birds Movie and Disney's The Jungle Book. In this issue, Post's Iain Blair delivers his exclusive interview with Captain America's co-directors Joe and Andrew Russo (page 22), while Jennifer Walden covers sound design for Warcraft (page 28) and Marc Loftus interviews Independence Day: Resurgence filmmaker Roland Emmerich (page 20) on his sequel to the 1996 hit. Our coverage continues throughout the summer. So, join us in tipping our hats to the post community and cheering them on for the innovative and creative work they do. 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