December 20, 2003
"Peter Pan" doesn't come out until next week, but it's already in the running for an Oscar. The live-action version of the famous story about the boy who didn't want to grow up was named Friday as one of seven films being considered for the Academy Award for best visual effects of 2003.
September 20, 2006 |
Digital Domain, the creator of pioneering visual effects for such movies as "Titanic" and "The Day After Tomorrow," has hired three executives from rival Industrial Light & Magic. The Venice-based company is expected today to name Mark Miller as its new president. He is a 22-year veteran of ILM, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' special effects operation. Cliff Plumer, formerly of LucasFilm Ltd.
March 22, 2001 |
Just as no two directors approach the same screenplay the same way, so it goes for those planning parties. Here are differing approaches from the pros. ON FAN FARE: Jeffrey Best: Set up buffet stations with food representing this year's best picture. For "Crouching Tiger," you might have something Asian and delicate; for "Gladiator," large turkey drumsticks; for "Traffic," some version of fast food; it's obvious what to do with "Chocolat."
August 13, 2009 |
The thriller "A Perfect Getaway" may have been set on the lush Hawaiian island of Kauai but most of it was shot in Puerto Rico. "Everything within the first 50 feet of the camera looked great," visual effects supervisor Tim Carras said. "But the difference was the terrain that exists in the background. Kauai has really tall, cathedral-like mountains with rain in the middle." Puerto Rico is much flatter. To fix this, Carras and Josh Comen of Comen FX added 200 visual effects to create mountains and backgrounds.
July 30, 2000 |
The director of human relations had her eyes de-puffed--at the company's expense. A miracle? Not at Rhythm & Hues, the character animation and visual-effects studio where she works, which has made the out-of-the-ordinary a sort of policy.
October 20, 1997 |
Richard Edlund may be mostly unknown to the moviegoing public, but he's something of a celebrity in the behind-the-scenes world of special effects. The winner of four Oscars, Edlund left George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic in 1983--after playing a key role in the "Star Wars" trilogy--and launched Boss Film Studios, his own shop based in Marina del Rey. Edlund built his company before the digital effects revolution, when optical printers were more efficient than Cray computers.
February 6, 2012 |
Visual effects visionary, director and producer Douglas Trumbull has a "broad" philosophy of film. He believes that everything in a movie is, in essence, a special effect. "Movies are all about illusions, whether it is makeup or wardrobe or some location or being in a period of time or being on an alien planet," says Trumbull, 69. Trumbull has created some of the screen's greatest illusions in such seminal sci-fi films as Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterwork "2001: A Space Odyssey," his own 1972 cult classic "Silent Running" and Steven Spielberg's 1977 "Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
March 21, 1999 |
Generally speaking, the job of a visual effects team--even in movies that present strange, imaginary worlds--is to make those worlds seem as realistic as possible. Imagine the freedom and the difficulty, then, of "What Dreams May Come," the Robin Williams movie that portrays the afterlife as fantastically otherworldly yet familiar.
February 14, 2002 |
Standing on stage, Stan Winston braced himself to defend his latest creation--the fuzzy, dancing robotic teddy bear that starred last year in the film "A.I. Artificial Intelligence." Hundreds of his rivals and fellow members of the visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences sat before him. Their job on this night was to pick the three films that would be considered for an Academy Award.