Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Ape Apocalypse
Article by Joe Fordham
Director Matt Reeves continues the story of Caesar, the genetically enhanced super-intelligent chimp, who previously led incarcerated apes to freedom while a global pandemic decimated the human population. In the follow-up, survivors of both species seek an uneasy truce that leads to a battle for dominance of the planet. Visual effects supervisors Dan Lemmon and Joe Letteri returned to generate armies of performance-captured apes at Weta Digital, collaborating with special effects supervisors Matt Kutcher and Alex Burdett, the Aaron Sims Company, Spectrum Effects and Buffalo Digital.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Rocket Files
Article by Jody Duncan
Director James Gunn gives cinematic life to Marvel Comics' band of extraterrestrial miscreants, who join forces with adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) to stop the villainous, galaxy-threatening Ronan (Lee Pace). On set, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper portrayed two of the misfit guardians — the tree-like Groot and the armed Rocket Raccoon, respectively — which were then realized in full as computer generated characters. The characters and their intra-galactic adventures drew on the visual effects talents at Framestore, MPC and Luma Pictures, while special makeup designer David White and his team executed transformations on live actors.
Edge of Tomorrow
The Longest Day
Article by Jody Duncan
In director Doug Liman's futuristic war film, based on the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Tom Cruise portrays a slick public relations spokesman for the military, who is suddenly thrown into the front lines of an existential battle with alien creatures, and finds himself re-living the same day over and over again, always ending with his death. Liman teamed with visual effects artists at Framestore, Cinesite, Sony Pictures Imageworks, MPC and Rodeo FX to realize the film's spectacularly lethal aliens, as well as futuristic full-metal suits, weaponry and aircraft. Special effects supervisor Dominic Tuohy orchestrated the fog of war on set.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Mutant Destiny
Article by Joe Fordham
Director Bryan Singer returns to the Marvel X-Men franchise in a time-traveling adventure wherein Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) journeys from an apocalyptic future to 1973 to reunite his youthful mentor Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and his nemesis Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in a war against the progenitor of a future mutant aggressor. Visual effects supervisor Richard Stammers and special effects supervisor Cameron Waldbauer conjured mutant mayhem with Legacy Effects, and visual effects vendors including MPC, Digital Domain, Rising Sun Pictures, Rhythm & Hues, Mokko Studios, Fuel VFX, Vision Globale, The Third Floor and more.
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