Visual FX (cont'd)

Other visual effects work includes digitally painting a sky or ocean or removing the shadow of a crew member who is mistakenly in the shot. Sometimes the weather does not always cooperate when shooting on location. If a production crew has spent many days at a location, and the sequence being shot takes place in real-time, it’s imperative that the background be consistent. For that reason, visual effects artists may be called upon to make the sky bluer - or not.
One of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s companies is an Academy Award® winning, state-of-the-art digital production studio called Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., which is dedicated to the art of visual effects production and character animation. The Imageworks production environment facilitates integrated pipelines for live-action visual effects and character animation, ImagemotionTM performance capture, all-CG animation, Imageworks 3D stereoscopic, and Imageworks Interactive, a full service creative group that produces websites and supports digital marketing for the studio and outside clients.
Imageworks’ achievements have been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Oscars® for its work on SPIDER-MAN™ 2 and the CG animated short film THE CHUBBCHUBBS!. In 2008, SURF’S UP was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. In 2007, two of Imageworks' projects, SUPERMAN RETURNS and the all-CG animated feature MONSTER HOUSE, were nominated for Academy Awards® in the Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects and Best Animated Feature categories respectively. With those two nominations, Imageworks became the first studio to be recognized in the same year in these distinct areas, an indication of the diversity and quality of the company’s capabilities. Other Oscar® nominated projects include Walt Disney's THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, SPIDER-MAN™, HOLLOW MAN, STUART LITTLE and STARSHIP TROOPERS, for a total of ten nominations.
Imageworks’ most recently completed projects include G-FORCE for Walt Disney, Warner Bros./Paramount's WATCHMEN, United Artists/MGM's VALKYRIE, Warner Bros.' BODY OF LIES, Dreamworks' EAGLE EYE, Sony Pictures' HANCOCK, Warner Bros.' SPEED RACER, Warner Bros./Paramount's BEOWULF, and Warner Bros.' I AM LEGEND.
Imageworks maintains operations in Culver City, CA; Novato, CA; Albuquerque, New Mexico and Chennai, India. Sony Pictures Imageworks is a division of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. For more information, please visit

An entire ocean can be digitally added to a shot filmed on location or on a sound stage.

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