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O'Brien vs Dawley
The First Great Rivalry in Visual Effects
Article by Stephen Czerkas
Long before King Kong and Mighty Joe Young, stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien joined with producer Herbert M. Dawley to create The Ghost of Slumber Mountain. The silent film was a hit, but the relationship between the two men devolved into a bitter rivalry that nearly derailed production of The Lost World, O'Brien's breakout feature. Writer Stephen Czerkas has spent years researching the O'Brien/Dawley feud and has unearthed startling evidence that challenges the long-held view that Dawley was the villain and O'Brien the victim.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain's Orders
Article by Jody Duncan
Marvel Studios revisits its all-American superhero with the story of World War II-era Steve Rogers — aka Captain America (Chris Evans) — acclimating to the 21st century as he battles against the threat of a Soviet agent known as 'The Winter Soldier.' Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the sequel featured hundreds of spectacular visual effects overseen by visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw and delivered by Industrial Light & Magic, Scanline VFX and other vendors from around the globe. Previs was provided by Proof, and practical, on-set contributions were the work of Legacy Effects, Quantum Creation FX and special effects supervisor Daniel Sudick.
Paradise Lost
Article by Joe Fordham
The villainess of Walt Disney's 1959 animated feature, Sleeping Beauty, springs to life in this live-action fantasy that reveals how the sorceress Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) came to be known as the 'Mistress of All Evil' and used her dark magic to enslave the Princess Aurora. Former visual effects artist and production designer Robert Stromberg takes the helm in his feature film directorial debut, working with special effects supervisor Michael Dawson, prosthetic makeup designer David White, senior visual effects supervisor Carey Villegas, and artists at MPC, Digital Domain, The Third Floor, 4DMax and Prime Focus World.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Body Electric
Article by Joe Fordham
Director Marc Webb returns for a second outing with web-slinging crime-fighter Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield). Antagonists include Electro (Jamie Foxx), an engineer imbued with telekinetic electrical abilities, The Rhino (Paul Giamatti), a Russian mobster encased in a mechanical endoskeleton, and The Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). Visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen collaborated with special effects supervisor John Frazier and special makeup supervisor Howard Berger to orchestrate the action with Sony Pictures Imageworks, MPC, Weta Workshop, Blur Studio, Shade VFX, Pixel Playground, Nerve, Legend3D and The Third Floor.
I Am Become Death
Article by Mike Seymour
Sixty years after first terrorizing movie audiences, Godzilla wreaks havoc once again in an adaptation directed by Gareth Edwards. Special effects supervisor Joel Whist and a crew from Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated orchestrated in-camera effects on locations in Canada and Hawaii. Visual effects aimed at realizing Godzilla and other epic monsters, as well as large-scale destruction, were created by teams of artists at MPC and Double Negative, with noteworthy contributions by The Third Floor, Scanline VFX, Hammerhead Productions, Pixel Playground and a dedicated in-house effects team — all under the leadership of visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel.
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