FROM Jeff Okun
VFX Industry in Trouble Even as Hollywood relies on stunning visual effects to bring people to the movie theater, the artists who make those spectacles are struggling. This issue became crystallized when the top-tier VFX house Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy even as it was racking up awards for its spectacular work on Life of Pi. We talk with two veteran visual effects supervisors about what's happening in that sector of the industry. Craig Barron has credits like Alice in Wonderland and Hugo. He won an Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He ran the boutique VFX house Matte World Digital for 24 years, but late last year it had to close its doors. Now he works for Tippett Studio. Jeff Okun is a VFX supervisor at Prana Studios and is Chairman of the Board for the Visual Effects Society .
James Mangold on 'Logan' and fighting franchise fatigue Filmmaker James Mangold has been making character-driven dramas for more than 20 years, but lately, he's been in the X-Men superhero business. In his latest film, Logan, Hugh Jackman plays the slashing Marvel mutant one last time, so Mangold wanted to make something more nuanced than the usual comic-book movie.
California congressmen clash over Russian meddling Two California congressmen are at the center of the investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Republican Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a Central Valley dairy farmer. His Democratic counterpart is Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles former prosecutor.
Understanding the conservative philosophy, and the fight over the NEA President Trump’s budget blueprint and the Obamacare replacement have revealed deep divisions with the Republican party. So what is the party’s philosophy now, and how does that line up with conservative voters? Also, Trump wants to get rid of the National Endowment for the Arts, which has long been a Republican target.