Jurassic World
Article by Jody Duncan
Twenty-two years after Steven Spielberg joined with Industrial Light & Magic, Phil Tippett and Stan Winston Studio to bring Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park and its array of genetically engineered dinosaurs to the screen, director Colin Trevorrow helms Jurassic World. Chronicling events that transpire at entrepreneur John Hammond's now-realized theme park, the new film once again teams ILM, Tippett and key Stan Winston Studio crewmembers who were there for the first 'Jurassic' go-round. The reunion promises thrills that could only have been dreamed of for the original, made when computer animation and other relevant technologies were in their infancy.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
A More Perfect Vision
Article by Jody Duncan
Marvel Studios continues its box-office winning streak with this second Avengers offering, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo as the title superhero team. This time, the Avengers battle the villainous Ultron, played by James Spader. Visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend — a Marvel veteran who supervised the effects for Iron Man 3 — supervises a visual effects team that includes ILM, Double Negative, Animal Logic, Luma Pictures and Framestore, with special effects supervisor Paul Corbould and the mechanical wizards at Legacy Effects lending practical effects support.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Dust, Grime, Sweat and Blood
Article by Joe Fordham
Director George Miller and Warner Bros. Pictures present the fourth film in the saga of Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), federal police officer turned post-apocalyptic road warrior, who this time battles the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) in the wastelands of irradiated Australia. Production designer Colin Gibson collaborated with visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson, special effects supervisor Guy Norris, stunt coordinator Dan Oliver, and hair and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt to create a bizarre world of mutant characters, assisted by Odd Studio, Cosmesis and Tinsley Studios, and visual effects vendors including Iloura, FuryFX, The Third Floor and Stereo D.
San Andreas
The Big One
Article by Joe Fordham
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures unleash havoc across California in a grand-scale seismic cataclysm, orchestrated by director Brad Peyton, and told from the perspective of an emergency-response helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) who attempts to cross the state to rescue his estranged daughter (Alexandra Daddario). Special effects supervisors Brian Cox and Matt Kutcher created practical earthquake destruction and flood effects, while visual effects producer Randall Starr oversaw digital enhancements at visual effects studios that included Hydraulx, Scanline VFX, Cinesite, Method Studios and Image Engine.
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