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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Transformers 4, World War Z & Marion Cotillard

Hey guys, So recently I`ve been having a spin with my career and new things are on the horizon. The wheels are turning and hopefully soon I`ll be able to confirm BUT until then we`ll kill some Zombies with Brad Pitt in World War Z and see what bigger explosions Michael Bay brings for Transformers 4.

Some interesting news today as Michael Bay official confirmed that Mark Wahlberg will be the leading man for the Transformers Franchise (TF4) which will be released Summer 2014.

World War Z Official Trailer

World War Z starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox and David Morse upcoming post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Marc Forster based on a novel by Max Brooks. "World War Z" movie hits theaters June 21, 2013.

Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a worker at the United Nations, as he searches the globe for information that can stop the Zombie outbreak that is bringing down nations. He is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.

Rust and Bone

Marion Cotillard and Mattias Schoenaerts star in Rust and Bone, a drama directed by Jacques Audiard and written by Audiard and Thomas Bidegain in which a marine animal trainer and a brutish bouncer develop a relationship of strength and emotional dependence. Check out the trailer here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Iron Man 3 Teaser

In Marvel's "Iron Man 3", brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man played by Robert Downey Jr., is pitted against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Iron Man 3 continues the epic adventures of "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2", starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, "Iron Man 3" is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel's iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of "Tales of Suspense" (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with "The Invincible Iron Man" (#1) in May of 1968. "Iron Man 3" arrives in cinemas, May 2013.

Also check out "Iron Man 3 Returns Robert Downey Jr. & Gwyneth Paltrow"

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Checkmate Dungeon

So here is a recent Matte Painting I've been working on. This is only the concept for the Camera Projection. I'll upload the camera move soon to give a better idea of the shot. It's about 10 seconds long as a huge reveal to the valley underneath.

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Sunday, September 02, 2012

MPC VFX, Far Cry 3, Ubisoft & Adele

Hey guys ... Soooooo it`s been a few days since I posted anything. It`s hard to post every day when I'm tired after work. At the moment I`ll try to post every few days and see how that goes from now. Here's some VFX Breakdowns by MPC and the Cinematic for Far Cry 3 by Ubisoft with an Adele Intro for the 54th GRAMMY Awards.

MPC VFX Breakdowns - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Far Cry 3 Cinematic

Adele Intro for the 54th GRAMMY Awards

Blur Studio : Far Cry 3 Cinematic - Character Art

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Monday, August 27, 2012

ILM Supervisors Grady Cofer & Pablo Helman Talks Battleship

Hello guys, I'm not going to be very long tonight as I had one hell of a long day. I just got home with my groceries and now I'm heading to bed. I'm literally super tired right now and another long day ahead. Here's a quick talk between ILM Supervisors on Battleship, hope you enjoy, G'nite ...

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lazy Sunday with Bruno Mars

Happy Sunday Guys. Hope you all are having a nice and sunny day. I got a few things to talk about so this one might be a bit wordy. As of tomorrow I'll be back working the day shift at the office so I'm excited about that. If you didn't know, I usually work from 7pm till 4am but not anymore so I'm stoked about that.

365-Day Journey, Where Will You Be?

Recently I realized that I don't have a whole lot of consistency in my life so I'm going to try and post at least once a day for ONE YEAR. I'm interested in seeing where my life will be 365 days away from today and having this blog will keep tabs on how it turns out. Not all my posts will be about me though, but also about VFX, my job, working On-Set, Volunteering at Conferences, Travelling and so on. It will be a tag along for the next 365 days so I hope you enjoy the ride. Here's a quick something to kick start our journey together.

Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song (Yah, It Was That Kinda Sunday)

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Superman, Man of Steel

Hey Hey, So I'm not sure if you guys know but I'm really excited about 'Man of Steel'. With director Zac Synder at the helm and quick fun fact, it was shot right here in Vancouver, I'm just stoked about its release in 2013. Also some of my friends are working on it so I'm definitely gonna show some love when it comes out.

Next summer, "Man of Steel" is coming to the big screen. The film is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics.

Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe

Friday, August 24, 2012

New Blog Design

Hey Hey .... Sooo today is a slow day and it was a long late night so I got up a bit late. I work at 7:00 pm till about 4:00 am and it gets tiring after a while especially being Friday but either way it's fun all around. I'm sure by now you've realized that I've changed the design of the blog. I wanted to give a face lift for a while and now that I'm back from SIGGRAPH, it was time.

Here is a quick image of what it looked like before just incase you're new to the blog or just wondering.

Also stay connected with my other account, add me on Google+ Circles or read my Twitter Tweets or subscribe to my Tumblr Posts or if you're into interesting photos check out my Instagram Pics. If not just Subscribe to this Blog.

Gotta get going, Catch yah on the Flip Side!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Total Recall, Ice Age 4 & Autodesk

Hey Hey, so I've been away for a while. I've been busy with work and SIGGRAPH 2012 but now I'm back. I got some interesting news to share soon but I'll let you guys know soon. Also I'll be posting more about SIGGRAPH as well but for now check out these VFX breakdowns. Hopefully in a few days I'll be done with the SIGGRAPH 2012 posts to share with everyone.

Total Recall - Visual Effects Featurette

Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves ... Read More

Ice Age 4 - Making The Movie (Blue Sky Studios Interview)

Manny, Sid and Diego are back for some "earth shattering" prehistoric mayhem. The Daily visited Blue Sky Studios, creators of the wildly popular Ice Age series, for an exclusive look at the making of their latest film, "Continental Drift".

Autodesk M&E Breakdown Reel 2012

A breakdown of remarkable work from around the world by Autodesk Media & Entertainment clients using both Autodesk Animation and Creative Finishing products. For more information on Autodesk Digital Entertainment Creation solutions.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Free Flip Flop Frenzy

Hey guys, So I went to the grocery store a few days ago and saw Nature Valley giving free Flip Flops with a purchase of any 2 of their products. The inside of those boxes come with a code which you enter into their website and about 5 weeks later your Flip Flops arrives via mail. I was a bit skeptical about it but purchased it either way. Surprisingly enough, it arrived in just under 3 weeks. Here's the Nature Valley product I purchased and the Flip Flops in the mail and what they look like after opening them up. I honestly like them.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Chicken Wrap and Cashews on Air Canada

Chicken Wrap & Cashews on Air Canada before SIGGRAPH 2012

Quick back story .... Friday 3rd Aug I worked a 13 hour shift and slept for about 4 hrs from 12:15 pm till 4 pm, did some random stuff and headed back to the office for another late night. Left office around 2:00 am Sunday morning, slept at 3, up a 4 and at the airport at 5:30 am ... WATTT !!!

Finally right before I get through security the TSA asked a bunch of questions I didn't know the answer to and BAM, I miss my flight by 15 minutes. Luckily I got booked onto another Air Canada flight and got to LA around 10:30 am but I had to run for 45 minutes to get to the other gate in time before the flight left. That's where the adventure began.

I waited for a Shuttle (15 bucks) and headed to the convention center, dropped my luggage, met up with Anie (super awesome cosplay dressing, conference attending superstar legend). Grab a cup of coffee and cashews I had left over and ran to my Mentor Program with 5 minutes to spare. Holy Hell what just happened?

(3 hrs later ) Atleast my students were happy to hear what I had to say and they enjoyed their 30 minute Portfolio Review Session with me. They were all super talented and I'll share with you some of their work in the up-coming blogs.

Okay, I'm out for now, catch yah on the flip side ...

Monday, August 20, 2012

SIGGRAPH 2012 - The Adventure Begins

Welcome to my SIGGRAPH 2012 Adventure Blog. Sadly I was unable to blog during the Conference but with the photos and videos I've taken, hopefully you can see experience the adventure that is SIGGRAPH 2012.

I'll be posting everyday trying to cover as much of the SIGGRAPH 2012 experience as possible from the events to food to friends to the parties. I had a ton of fun during the Conference, met some amazingly talented people and partied like a 2008 Student Volunteer. So check out my pics and vids and hopefully I'll see you around at SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim.


Hey guys,

Sorry for not blogging for a while but works been crazy lately. Alot of long nights and tired days makes it hard to post, BUT, I do have a treat and that's SIGGRAPH 2012. I attended this year's SIGGRAPH Conference as a Portfolio Review Mentor and I had a crazy adventure flying to LA and back at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

I attended SIGGRAPH in 2008 in LA and it changed my life and it was great to be back to the city again. I created an entirely separate blog just for it and I'll probably keep it going for every SIGGRAPH I attend onward. So here's to the first for SIGGRAPH 2012 in LA, Enjoy ...

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Monday, July 09, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises with Director Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face's crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Here's a new published 13 minute featurette about 'The Dark Knight Rises' which looks to be one hell of a movie. The Dark Knight Rises is in theaters July 20th.

Catwoman: "My mother warned me about getting into cars with strangers"
Batman: "This isn't a car ..."

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Total Recall and Cieon Movies

Sooooo ........ who else is interested in this movie, to see Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel trash it out kick boxing style. Check out the newest trailer for Total Recall and visit Cieon Movies for more exclusive trailers as they come out.

Total Recall trailer 2012 - Official movie trailer 3 in HD - starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Bill Nighy - Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick.

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Monday, July 02, 2012

Prometheus VFX Breakdowns

I wanted to do a single post on Prometheus just because of several factors, the Director being Ridley Scott, Visual Effects by Weta Digital, MPC, Luma Pictures, Fuel VFX, Rising Sun Pictures, Lola VFX and Hammerhead Productions and a stellar cast which includes Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green.

Here's some VFX breakdowns for Prometheus and how it all came together.

Prometheus VFX Art Director Steven Messing and Cinema 4D

Prometheus Landing Sequence and Crash VFX Breakdowns

Prometheus Alien Anatomy VFX

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Artwork by MessenjahMatt

I saw this a few days ago and I just had to post it especially with the new batman movie itself 'The Dark Knight Rises' just a few days away from release. These are NOT official posters for the movie but it's some really good artwork either way by artist Messenjah Matt.

(Click the image to visit MessenjahMatt Artwork for 'The Dark Knight Rises')

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rise of the Guardians Trailer and Movie Artwork

I'm really excited about this one with the story line. Seeing all the characters together is pretty exciting, perhaps the Avengers for the younger. Check out some new artwork from Dreamworks Animation's latest Production, 'Rise of the Guardians' with Director Peter Ramsey and voiced by Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. 'Rise of the Guardians' comes to theater this Summer.

Rise of the Guardians Official Trailer

Rise of the Guardians Poster Artwork

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Iron Man 3 Returns Robert Downey Jr. & Gwyneth Paltrow

All I got to say is Super-Freak-Kewl suits with Iron Man probably my favorite of the Marvel Comics.

Check out the first look at Iron Man 3 and the full range of the Iron Man Mark Suits in the background. Number 3 includes a full returning cast but with director Shane Black alongside Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau and Don Cheadle. Iron Man 3 is schedule for theaters in 2013.

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Halo 4 Artwork, Ryan Watkins and Dark Shadows VFX

The Art (and Guns) of Halo 4

Fine Art doesn't stop just because E3 is going down. It just gets a little more poignant. Today we've got some official art from Microsoft's Halo 4, some of it previously seen but much of it brand new ...

Halo 4 E3 Work by Ryan Watkins

Shots from the Halo 4 E3 demo that I worked on. I create the skies and cloud vista that Infinity crashes through and whats is behind Master Chief says Ryan

Dark Shadows VFX with Arundi Asregadoo, VFX Supervisor at MPC

Tim is very VFX savvy director. He is very aware of what is capable within visual effects. For him, DARK SHADOWS was more about the performance. The VFX was more of a dressing to what he was shooting and he wanted to have that flexibility to make changes in the post production phase ...

Assassin's Creed III E3 2012, The Avengers VFX and ILM (Read More)

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Snow White CG Trolls, The Avengers VFX and Artwork

Huntsman: Every Trick in the Fairytale Book

From face replacements to shattering soldiers, from CG trolls to magic metallic mirrors, Snow White and the Huntsman uses an incredible and diverse range of visual effects to re-tell the classic fairytale. fxguide has interviews with all the lead vendors – Double Negative, Rhythm & Hues, Pixomondo, Lola, The Mill, Hydraulx, Baseblack, BlueBolt and Nvizage, plus overall visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan ...

Fully Assembled: The Making of The Avengers

“The Iron Man suit seen at the start of Avengers is simply the Mark VI seen at the end of Iron Man 2,” notes Janek Sirrs. “There’s an established handover of the latest and greatest suit from one Marvel movie to the next. But toward the end of Avengers, the Mark VI is replaced by the new Mark VII version ...

70+ Incredible Illustrations to Celebrate The Avengers Pop-Culture

Click image to View more Artwork. (Images Courtesy Design HD). Also check out Design HD for more Artwork.

A collection of 70+ Avengers Artworks is showcased in this next post in tribute to this cool group of heroes and for the movie Avengers Assemble. This is a good year for super hero movies so far, and it’s only may. Good luck Batman and Spidey trying to top the Avengers! While we wait for those, let’s enjoy some art ...

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Assassin's Creed III E3 2012, The Avengers VFX and ILM

Click to view the Assassins Creed III E3 2012 Cinematic Trailer Below

The Avengers - Guy Williams – VFX Supervisor – Weta Digital

"For the lightning, we used a tool we had from a previous show as listed above. For the mountaintop battle, we took it a step further and gave it the ability to not only start from a point but to also go to a specific point" ... Click here to read more

The Avengers Concept Art by Steve Jung

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The Avengers Concept Designs by Fabian Lacey
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Other Interesting News:

HP Prepares to Announce Mass Layoffs
Hewlett-Packard will lay off around 25,000 employees, but that may not help it fix its core problems. Hewlett-Packard will announce another round ... Read More

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Avengers and Battleship VFX & ILM's Grady Cofer Talks Kepler

How ILM Built a Blasted-Out NYC

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ILM Speaks on Battleship: “The Bar Has Been Raised” for Visual Effects

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Base FX in ILM Pact

Base FX, the Beijing-based visual effect group headed by Christopher BREMBLE, has struck a strategic alliance with Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects icon founded by Lucasfilm and George Lucas ... Read More

GTC 2012 Keynote (Part 07): ILM's Grady Cofer on VFX and Kepler

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Avengers VFX with ILM, SIGGRAPH and Music

The Avengers

The Art of VFX disusses the VFX breakdowns for The Avengers with Jeff White, VFX Supervisor at ILM and how it all came together.

Image Courtesy Marvel and The Art of VFX

Ingrid Michaelson and Blood Brothers Music Video

About 2 months ago I heard about Ingrid Michaelson's Music and I've been hooked ever since she sang 'You and I' and with her recent video Blood Brothers. Check out her Youtube Account and her Website for more about Ingrid and her music.

Bec Winnel and Her Time Lapse Illustration

So here is Bec Winnel and her first time lapse of an illustration she created for Semi Permanent Creative Conference in Sydney and Auckland (2012). The song is Twice by Little Dragon. The Illustration took about 4 hours over lots of 20 minute sittings.

SIGGRAPH 2012 Technical Papers Preview

Personally I'm really excited about SIGGRAPH 2012 and it's been part of my life ever since I joined in 2008. First a Volunteer, then a Mentor and now a Guest Speaker which I am really excited to be associated. Check out some of the Technical Papers to be present at SIGGRAPH.

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Monday, May 21, 2012

Kinda Funny, Sorta Funny, Really Funny?

Here are some free images from around the internet that I've compiled together. Have a laugh ...

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wrath of the Titans VFX and The Following

The Wrath of the Titans VFX Breakdowns, The Art of VFX

VFX Supervisor at Framestore answers some questions of about the VFX work on Wrath of the Titans

The Avengers

Avengers Wallpaper for Download - 1920 x 1080

The Following, The New Hot TV Series on the WB

The story centers on a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers, and the FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of it.

Interesting Poster Designs for `The Possession` and `Bait in 3D`

Darvin K. Manwah | Matte Painter & Digital Compositor