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How They Did It: Divergent’s Mirror Room Sequence (and More)

Do you call a film with more than 1000 visual effects a visual-effects film? Probably not, if you don’t notice the effects. That's the case with director Neil Burger’s Divergent. “It’s a big visual-effects film, but it’s not VFX-driven,” says … more »

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Inhabiting Wes Anderson’s World of Color in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is a welcome respite after this long winter: the film's eternal spring pinks and yellows explode on the screen like an overstuffed bag of cake icing. Yet inside this treasure box—with the detailed and … more »

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Elastic Director Patrick Clair on True Detective’s Title Sequence

In HBO's breakout winter hit, True Detective, helmed episode-to-episode by film director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) and novelist/screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto, metaphysics, metafiction and true crime become strange yet cozy bedfellows. With the season hurtling toward its end this … more »

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DP Charles Papert on Pepsi Max’s Latest Hidden Camera Prank

Last May, Pepsi Max (tagline: "a zero-calorie cola in disguise") released a video online that purported to show an unsuspecting car salesman being taken for a wild ride by star NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon in fake facial hair and old-age … more »

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Ghost Town Media on Making Linkin Park’s “A Light That Never Comes”

Ghost Town Media collaborated with Linkin Park on an unconventional CG video that combines 3D scans of all of the band members with a massive CG cityscape. Cinema 4D maker Maxon and writer Meleah Maynard took us behind the scenes of … more »

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Perception’s John LePore on the World Through RoboCop’s Eyes

RoboCop is back, this time in a future not so far removed from our current computer-centric web of security-cam, drone and even social media surveillance. Sony Pictures Entertainment's remake of the Paul Verhoeven 1987 classic is directed by Brazilian José … more »

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VFX Supe Tim Webber on the Challenges of Gravity

During the past four years, visual effects supervisor Tim Webber has concentrated largely on one film: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. During his career, though, the Framestore visual effects supervisor has split his time between broadcast television and feature films and picked … more »

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VFX Supervisor Christopher Townsend on Iron Man 3

Christopher Townsend’s Oscar nomination for Iron Man 3 is his first. Townsend’s entry into feature film visual effects was as a digital artist at Industrial Light & Magic on Congo. He followed that with credits on Mission: Impossible, The Lost … more »

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VFX Supe/2nd Unit Director Roger Guyett on Star Trek Into Darkness

Three-time Oscar nominee Roger Guyett of Industrial Light & Magic again brought his experience as a second-unit director as well as a visual effects supervisor to director J. J. Abrams’ venture into Star Trek territory — and again brought home … more »

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Weta Digital’s Joe Letteri on The Desolation of Smaug

Joe Letteri, Weta Digital’s senior visual effects supervisor and studio director, extends his long list of awards with his eighth Oscar nomination, this for supervising the visual effects in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, an MGM production … more »