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Iron Man
The Man in the Iron Mask
Article by Jody Duncan
 
In Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. stars as weapons mogul Tony Stark, whose flying suit of armor serves as a life-support system after a near-fatal run-in with terrorists in Afghanistan. For its debut film, based on the iconic comic book character, Marvel Studios enlisted director Jon Favreau to bring an air of fun and originality to the proceedings, aided by Stan Winston Studio's elaborate practical suits, and eye-popping visuals by Industrial Light & Magic, The Orphanage and a host of other vendors working under the guidance of visual effects supervisor John Nelson.
 
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Lost World
Article by Joe Fordham
 
In The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the second in C. S. Lewis' classic novel series to receive a big-screen adaptation, returning director Andrew Adamson offers up a darker tale in which the Pevensie children join forces with an exiled prince in his bid to rescue Narnia from a power-hungry usurper. Orchestrated by Dean Wright and Wendy Rogers, visual effects created at The Moving Picture Company, Framestore and Weta Digital invested the Narnian universe with all-new fantasy characters and environments, while practical creature effects by KNB EFX Group, and miniatures by Weta Workshop, provided a gritty realism.
 
Speed Racer
Formula for a Universe
Article by Joe Fordham
 
The Wachowski Brothers reunite with their Matrix series collaborators — visual effects supervisors John Gaeta and Dan Glass — for Speed Racer, adapted from a colorful Japanese anime cartoon series about an elite group of auto racers. The effects-laden film, shot mostly against greenscreen, captured the anime feel through highly stylized animation and compositing techniques, executed by Digital Domain, BUF Compagnie, Sony Pictures Imageworks, CaféFX and nearly a dozen additional supporting vendors.
 
Get Smart
Overview: Joe Bauer on Get Smart
Article by Jody Duncan
 
Director Peter Segal teams with visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer and special effects supervisor Michael Lantieri to pay homage to the popular 1960s-era TV spy spoof about a bumbling agent and his female sidekick.
 
The Incredible Hulk
Overview: Kurt Williams on The Incredible Hulk
Article by Estelle Shay
 
Marvel Studios and director Louis Leterrier conjure up a fresh cinematic approach and an all-new, more sympathetic Hulk for the latest incarnation of the comic book character, with help from creature designer Aaron Sims and a team of vendors led by visual effects supervisor Kurt Williams.
 
 
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