1) A feature story for the August 2013 issue of Delta Sky magazine (below, click on each page to see up close)
2) Movie studios spend more than US $100 million every year on computer-generated special effects, according to the Los Angeles Times. But despite this influx of money, the CGI industry is in deep financial trouble, with 12 special effects houses closing or declaring themselves bankrupt in the past five years. Even an Oscar can't stop the wolves from howling: Top Hollywood effects shop Rhythm & Hues filed for Chapter 11 protection in February, the same month it collected an Academy Award for its work on the movie Life of Pi.
Effects houses are being squeezed because competition is so intense. Hundreds of universities around the world now pump out students who are up to speed on top CGI software—the kind of specialty expertise that once insulated the industry. “There are tens of thousands of entry-level people using this very cheap, very high-end technology to break into the business,” says Terrence Masson, director of the Creative Industries program at Boston’s Northeastern University. “That worker-bee volume of people is not going away.” Consequently, some effects companies are seeking other ways to capitalize on their digital expertise—by inventing new ways to make physical props.
A story for the April 2013 issue of IEEE Spectrum