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August 2012

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SERVING THE INDUSTRY SINCE 1986 VOL 27 · NO. 8 2 EDITOR'S LETTER Funny business By Randi Altman 2 POST SCRIPT Mutt's independent plan By Marc Loftus 4 BITS & PIECES What's new in post VISUAL EFFECTS 26 VFX FOR FILMS The latest techniques used in several recent features. By Marc Loftus EDITING 32 CUTTING HUMOR Timing is everything for editors working on these commercials. By Christine Bunish BUSINESS 38 RENTALS & RESELLERS Partnering with customers while sharpening their technical skills. By Randi Altman AUDIO 44 NEAR-FIELD MONITORS The speed-dating guide to near-fields. By Jennifer Walden 50 52 Double Negative ( visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin talks about IMAX scale effects for Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. With over an hour of footage shot on IMAX cameras, Franklin outlines the challenges and new technologies used in working on VFX from 8K scans. Nolan's blending of live action, practical and visual effects raised the bar with the goal of total visual integration. Says Franklin, the film's overall VFX supe, "We wanted to make the work seam- less. We don't want anybody to notice that we're doing visual effects." See our story on page 18. 32 14 14 DIRECTOR'S CHAIR Marc Webb — The Amazing Spider-Man By Iain Blair 18 COVER STORY The Dark Knight Rises' VFX supervisor By Daniel Restuccio 20 WORKFLOW Delivering content to many screens via the cloud By Randi Altman 22 SOUND LIBRARY NEWS The latest news & releases 50 RESTORATION CBS Digital cleans up Star Trek: The Next Generation 52 ANIMATION Laika's ParaNorman takes advantage of rapid prototyping By Randi Altman 53 PEOPLE Keeping tabs of the industry's movers & shakers 54 PRODUCTS The latest in hardware & software 56 REVIEW HP's all-in-one Z1 workstation By Dariush Derakhshani DAILY NEWS UPDATES WEB EXCLUSIVE Sesame Street spoof brings Cookie Monster to life TUTORIAL Avid DS V.11 By Igor Ridanovic SIGGRAPH 2012 News & videos from the show This Month In • Studio heroes: Creating VFX for The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises • Using digital scanning, CGI to preserve an ancient artifact • Education supplement: Preparing students for their projects. Post • August 2012 1 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN DOS EQUIS CBS DIGITAL: STAR TREK PARANORMAN ON OUR COVER

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