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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.

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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