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Richard McBride on The Revenant VFX

VFX Supervisor Richard McBride on The Revenant

Writer-director-producer Alejandro González Iñárritu’s intense survival film The Revenant has been nominated for 12 Oscars. Among those in contention are Leonardo DiCaprio, who has the lead role of Hugh Glass, a fur trader in the 1820s, who is attacked by a bear — a … more »

Ex Machina VFX

VFX Supervisor Andrew Whitehurst on Ex Machina

First-time director Alex Garland’s quiet, low-budget sci-fi drama Ex Machina received Oscar nominations for visual effects and Garland’s screenplay, five BAFTA nominations (actress, screenplay, visual effects, outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer, best British film), and numerous film critics … more »

Mad Max VFX

VFX Supervisor Tom Wood on Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller’s post-apocalyptic desert adventure Mad Max: Fury Road captivated audiences and critics with its exhilarating, relentless action and deranged visuals. The brutal extravaganza scored $375 million at the worldwide box office, and 10 Oscar nominations, including best picture, director, cinematography, film … more »

The Martian VFX

VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers on The Martian

Director Ridley Scott’s film The Martian finds astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) stranded on the red planet with little more than his wits to keep him alive until NASA can rescue him. The film earned more than $500 million at … more »

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Optimus Creates a Stunning All-CG Opener for Creative Convention

What do you do when an assignment comes along that’s like no other you’ve received? You find the tools necessary, buckle up and get to work. That was the task at hand recently for Donnie Bauer of Chicago-based Optimus Design when … more »

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Backstage at the Eddie Awards

As awards’ season rambles on, the intersection between reality and fantasy was among the themes front and center at the 66th annual ACE Eddie Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 29. The event, hosted by actor Adam … more »

The Finest Hours

Podcast: Director Craig Gillespie on the Massive Effort Behind The Finest Hours

Disney’s The Finest Hours is the fifth full-length motion picture directed by Craig Gillespie, and far and away, the largest, most technically complicated, and highest-profile picture he has helmed. The movie relates the real-life story of a heroic Coast Guard … more »

ANOMALISA

DP Joe Passarelli on the Stop-Motion Wonders of Anomalisa

It took a Kickstarter campaign, 1,261 3D-printed faces, a bit of blind faith and a hard-working team of filmmakers and animators to turn Charlie Kaufman's original sound play into Anomalisa, the stop-motion film Kaufman co-directed with Duke Johnson. Lit and … more »

THE REVENANT

Oscar-Nominated Editor Stephen Mirrione on Cutting The Revenant

Like its ferocious 19th century protagonist Hugh Glass, The Revenant has hewed an arduous path toward redemption. Filmed in remote locations in the Canadian Rockies and Patagonia under extremely difficult conditions, the production was as unique and challenging as it was rewarding … more »

Star Wars VFX supervisor Roger Guyett

ILM VFX Supervisor Roger Guyett on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Roger Guyett should have been stressed and exhausted, but he showed no signs of it when we met at Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco shortly before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. As we walked down the hall … more »