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March/April 2013

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March/April 2013 • Vol. 36 • Number 3 Innovations in visual computing for DCC professionals 24 Features Wizardry in the Land of Oz 10 Visual effects artists create a fantastical landscape and two digital characters for Oz the Great and Powerful. By Barbara Robertson 10 Console Wars Redux game players heating competition 16Next-generationup thesystems will.begin rolling out this year, with new By Karen Moltenbrey Staying on the Grid Project 20Nvidia's Peddie Shield game controller, the new kid on the gaming block. By Jon 16 COVER STORY Growing a Giant Fantasy 20 42 Departments Editor's Note 2 Going Green For a while now, visual effects creators have been struggling to stay afloat as facilities have been forced to close their doors. Sadly, Rhythm & Hues had to file for bankruptcy protection just days before receiving an Oscar for Life of Pi. How did the situation across the industry erode so quickly? And, what can be done to rectify this situation for facilities and artists? Spotlight nPower's 4LightWave 11.5. Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve 9.1.K600. PowerSurfacing. Nvidia's Quadro K4000, K2000, K2000D, Products OptiTrack's Motive. The Foundry's HieroPlayer. NewTek's Viewpoint 8No Production Pipe Dream. Review 45 Maxon's Cinema 4D R14. Back Products 46Software and hardware releases. VFX characters growing beanstalk. 24For Jack theandGiant Slayera, giantstudios had a big undertaking: developing giant By Barbara Robertson Also: 30 32 36 42 Digital Specimens Crood Awakening Games to Film and Around Again Adobe After Effects Turns 20 SEE IT IN • Audio post team at Universal talks about Cinemax's Banshee. • Interview with A Good Day to Die Hard director John Moor. • Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell talks Silver Linings Playbook. ON THE COVER Some giant leaps in technology were required by Digital Domain to create the CG giants in the live-action film Jack the Giant Slayer, including the cook, pictured on the cover. Further developments from MPC were needed to grow the beanstalk. See page 24. March/April 2013 CGW0313-TOCpfin.indd 1 1 3/14/13 12:04 PM

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