Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Spirit of '77
Article by Joe Fordham
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. present the beginning of a new trilogy set in a distant galaxy, 30 years after the fall of the evil Emperor Palpatine, in which regional governors jockey for power, and survivors of the Rebel Alliance and the last order of Jedi Knights confront new Imperial threats. Director J.J. Abrams conjures exotic worlds and bizarre creatures, working with visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, special makeup effects supervisor Neal Scanlan and artists at Industrial Light & Magic, Hybride, Base FX, Virtuos, Kelvin Optical, Blind Ltd., Propshop and Imaginarium Studios.
The Revenant
Into the Wild
Article by Jody Duncan
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this 1820s drama about a frontiersman who, after being mauled by a bear, seeks revenge against those who left him for dead. Celebrated Birdman director Alejandro Iñárritu helmed the project, with visual effects by ILM, Secret Lab, One of Us, Cinesite, MPC Montreal, Soho VFX, and Vitality Visual Effects, and creature effects supervised by Mark Rappaport.
Explosive Cocktail
Article by Graham Edwards
Skyfall director Sam Mendes returns to helm the newest Bond feature, Spectre, which pits 007 (Daniel Craig) against a sinister organization out to bring down MI6. Chris Corbould orchestrated Bond-scale practical effects on stage and on location, while artists at Double Negative, Cinesite, ILM London, MPC, Peerless and Blue Bolt delivered spectacular visual effects shots, under the supervision of visual effects supervisor Steve Begg.
The Finest Hours
All In
Article by Jody Duncan
Walt Disney Pictures presents an epic disaster film about the real-life Coast Guard rescue of the crews of two oil tankers destroyed in a massive storm at sea. Based on the book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, the film is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana. MPC provided visual effects, supported by Mr. X and Scarecrow VFX.
Ex Machina
Q&A: Andrew Whitehurst
Interview by Graham Edwards
Join us behind the scenes on Alex Garland's Oscar-nominated sci-fi hit, which stars the sexy and cerebral android, Ava, played by Alicia Vikander. Vikander's on-set performance was meticulously preserved during the postproduction process, creating a seamless blend of live action and CG animation. Double Negative served up over 300 robot shots, with an additional 250 VFX shots delivered by Milk VFX, Utopia and Web FX.
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