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Angels and Digits

“Is the Pope Catholic?” one often hears as a rhetorical rejoinder to an obvious question—questions like, “Will Dan Brown’s latest book be turned into a movie?” or “Will the Church refuse to cooperate when it is?” However, if somebody else asks an obvious question in your presence— ”Will the movie version star Tom Hanks?” don’t snidely reply with something like, “Is the Vatican in Rome?” Because, you know, it isn’t. […]

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3D at NAB

In the middle of all the technology at NAB, industry panels at the Content Theater discussed the convergence of art and technology. One of the biggest issues discussed in a number of panels was the future of 3D cinema and how it’s now “Easy on the eyes, the way 3D should be.” 3D images have been around since the invention of the first stereoscopic daguerreotypes in the late 1830s. 3D […]

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Bruce Woloshyn Turns Heads in VFX on The Uninvited

“What family doesn’t have its up and downs?” Katherine Hepburn famously asked, as Eleanor of Aquitaine, in The Lion in Winter. Those ups and downs—well, downs in this case—are given a suspense-and- horror twist in The Uninvited, a remake of a Korean original about a seemingly suspicious nanny trying to become a widowed father’s new girlfriend. Murder appears to be involved in her ascension, and many flashbacks—and flash forwards—ensue. This […]

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Contender Portfolios

Contender – Visual Effects, Nick Davis, The Dark Knight

When visual FX supervisor Nick Davis hears that his name is being bruited about—by his peers—as the front runner for VFX gold (or gold plate, depending on the statuette) this award season, he calls it all “very flattering.” Could he tell, working on the now-definitive Batman big-screen adaptation The Dark Knight, that the film would come to occupy a nearly-instantaneous niche in pop culture, and in the estimation of his […]

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Sleight of Hand: Richard Hoover on Supervising FX in Valkyrie

“It’s not the kind of film you want the audience to be aware of the effects at all,” says visual FX supervisor Richard Hoover of the Bryan Singer-directed Tom Cruise-starring Valkyrie. “It really is historically based.” Which might be an understatement, since the film tells the story of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, whose life was ended prematurely by being on the right side of history: which is to say, […]

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A Sense of Travel: Alex Wuttke and Victor Wade on Quantum of Solace

James Bond’s problems tend to work themselves out a little differently than yours or mine. In the current outing of the franchise Quantum of Solace, which transports an obscure Ian Fleming short story title to a film that is now a sequel to the previous Daniel Craig installment Casino Royale, Bond finds that he “has” to go places like Austria, Italy and South America, and—civil servant car rental budgets being […]

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News

Digital Praxis Supervises DI on Indian Blockbuster Drona

Specialist digital film consultancy Digital Praxis recently provided Digital Intermediate supervision services for India’s latest blockbuster, Drona, at Digital Praxis’ Mumbai-based client facility FutureWorks. As part of an agreement with Eros and Rose Movies, Digital Praxis CEO Steve Shaw acted as DI supervisor on the project, as well as being the lead colorist for the film, setting the film’s look with director Goldie Behl and cinematographer Sameer Arya, in conjunction […]

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VFX Change LA for Changeling

When director Clint Eastwood asked Michael Owens to oversee the visual effects for Changeling, he knew he didn’t have to recreate Iwo Jima, like he did previously for the director, or 19th-century New York, like he did for Martin Scorsese in Gangs of New York. No, all Changeling needed was Los Angeles. The only problem was, it was set in the late 1920s, so one of Owens’ first tasks was to recreate […]

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Postproduction

Dark Knight, New Day in VFX: Batman’s Cooler Aesthetic

Neither The Dark Knight’s overall VFX supe, Nick Davis, nor Paul Franklin, the specific wrangler for Brit-based post shop Double Negative, was new to the Batman franchise. In Franklin’s case, he’d been there when director Christopher Nolan rebooted the caped crusader franchise with 2005’s Batman Begins, overseeing DNeg’s work in a film Franklin describes as “clearly The Dark Knight’s antecedent, but now rather than relying on elaborate stage sets Nolan […]

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Visual FX

Overseeing FX Work in Prince Caspian

Visual effects supervisor Dean Wright’s postproduction pipeline begins in a tube. Or rather, London’s Tube, and the very subway station the Pevensie children use to once again access the world of Narnia in the C.S. Lewis book that chronicles the same enchanted, metaphor-strewn land. The next movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, will be released in May. “I never actually left Narnia,” Wright laughs over the phone from New […]