A Melancholy Joy
Article by Joe Fordham
Director Steven Spielberg and the late screenwriter Melissa Mathison reteamed to adapt Roald Dahl's children's book about a vegetarian 'Big Friendly Giant' (Mark Rylance) who seeks the help of an orphan (Ruby Barnhill) to prevent an invasion of his man-eating brethren. DreamWorks Studios, Walt Disney Pictures and producer Frank Marshall enlisted Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, The Third Floor and special effects supervisor Joel Whist to commingle performers with gargantuan creatures.
Suicide Squad
The Bad Guys
Article by Joe Fordham
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a cavalcade of DC Comics' characters — including Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Joker (Jared Leto) — on a covert government mission to combat an even deadlier foe. Director David Ayer brought the super-villain spectacle to life with visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen, special effects supervisors Michael Innanen and Scott Fisher, and makeup designer Alessandro Bertolazzi. Collaborators included Sony Pictures Imageworks, MPC, Ollin VFX Studio, Mammal Studios, Legacy Effects, KNB EFX Group, Applied Arts FX Studio, Makeup Effects Laboratories and Quantum Creation FX.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The Stuff of Children's Nightmares
Article by Jody Duncan
Director Tim Burton and 20th Century Fox present the feature film adaptation of Ransom Riggs' young adult novel about an adolescent boy, Jacob (Asa Butterfield), who embarks on a journey of intrigue and danger that leads him to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Burton's singular vision was realized, in part, through visual effects imagery crafted by Rodeo FX, Double Negative, One of Us, MPC, Scanline and MELS Studios. Neil Corbould supervised on-set special effects, and David White designed and implemented special makeup effects.
Quick the Eye, Steady the Hand
Article by Graham Edwards
In Ancient Rome, nobleman Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) seeks revenge on Messala (Toby Kebbell), the friend who condemned him to slavery. Timur Bekmambetov directs MGM/Paramount's new adaptation of Lew Wallace's classic 1880 novel, for which visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel steers teams of artists at Mr. X, Soho VFX, Scanline VFX, and Big Hug FX. Second unit director Phil Neilson and special effects supervisor Andy Williams keep the thrill levels high for the film's visceral action scenes, including the epic chariot race that is the story's centerpiece.
Approaching the Unknown
A Moment of Pure Wonder
Article by Graham Edwards
A one-way solo mission to Mars by an American astronaut is the subject of this independent science fiction thriller written and directed by Mark Elijah Rosenberg. The behind-the-scenes story is just as thrilling, recounting how indie filmmakers on a small budget employed miniatures and other old-school visual effects techniques to bring their vision to the screen.
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