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3 Ways Visual Effects Are Improving In Unity

You’ve probably seen the gains made in real-time VFX over the last couple of years. The Unreal Engine has driven some of the most visually-impressive movies and shows like The ...

Five Incredible Effects Tutorials Using Stock Footage

Time is money. This simple saying is both an undeniable truth in the world of visual effects and also a three-word sales pitch for one of the most efficient expenditures in any post-production budget: stock footage.  VFX stock footage can save countless hours in post-production, and the best part is the VFX artist has ultimate control over how it looks. This final control is what makes ...

5 Gorgeous Matte Painting Tutorials

Nothing emphasizes production value like a breathtaking photorealistic vista. Often referred to as matte paintings, this impressive VFX technique has been around for over a century in some of Hollywood's biggest films. Before the digital revolution, matte paintings were typically photorealistic images painted on glass that were layered together in-camera with actors on set.   Today, there are a limitless number of possibilities when it comes to learning the craft o...

Why Fusion 16 Is A Great Choice For VFX Artists

As Blackmagic Design continues expanding its hardware presence in the filmmaking and VFX industry with a key focus on providing value to its users (like their revolutionary new Ursa Mini Pro 12K camera for under $10,000), their software has followed suit, packing in more value with each release. I...

Introducing 'Ask An Artist' — A New Podcast Diving Deep With VFX Industry Experts

ActionVFX presents “Ask An Artist”, a podcast hosted by Luke Thompson — and the first two episodes are live! This show dives deep with industry experts to discuss their past experiences, creating high-level VFX, and emerging technologies within the Film, TV, and Video Game industries. Check out the trailer below!...

Why ActionVFX Is Your Home For All Things VFX And Filmmaking

While ActionVFX prides itself on creating industry-standard VFX stock footage, the backstory leading into this company is one that not many people know about.To learn more about ActionVFX, one must go back in time to their roots in East Tennessee.The year is 2015, and Rodolphe Pierre-Louis is packing up his van to make headway to Chicago, the location of his first VFX stock footage shoot.  VFX stock footage provides VFX artists and filmmakers with t...

5 Tips for Your First VFX Seminar

Seminars are a crucial part of any creative industry. Whether it’s a series of keynotes, a product presentation, a community gathering, or a mix of all three, these events and meetups allow artists of all levels to hold a finger to the pulse of the industry.  I recently attended a "Nuke Skill Up" seminar hosted by The Foundry and my local Chicago Framestore office. On the docket were three discussions on vario...

How to Simulate Lighting References for HDRI Lighting in C4D/Redshift

In order to have the most effective HDRI lighting simulations possible in your 3D comp, practical lighting references (like those below) can be extremely helpful....

Create Epic Destruction With Our New Ground Cracks and Exploding Debris VFX Stock Footage Collections

We are excited to announce the release of two new ActionVFX Stock Footage Collections; Ground Cracks Vol. 2 and Exploding Debris Vol. 2! They are perfect for any mid city battle or alien attack! We knew while creating these products that we wanted to push the limits of realism w...

ActionVFX in Hollywood Previz: Interview with Stuntman Dave Macomber

Today, we’re going to be talking with Hollywood stuntman Dave Macomber about his process of pre-visualizing action (and VFX-heavy) sequences for big budget films like Avengers: Infinity War and Rampage, and how ActionVFX elements play an integral role in bringing his scenes to life. Without further ado, let’s get to it!...