Doctor Strange
In a Mirror, Darkly
Article by Jody Duncan
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as an arrogant but brilliant Greenwich Village neurosurgeon who enters a mystical world of sorcery and alternate dimensions when his medical career is destroyed. Writer/director Scott Derrickson joins forces with Marvel Studios, visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti and teams at ILM, Framestore, Luma Pictures, Method Studios and The Third Floor to bring the fan-favorite Marvel Comics character to the big screen. Paul Corbould orchestrates on-set special effects.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Magical Congress
Article by Joe Fordham
Warner Bros. Pictures returns to J.K. Rowling's universe of witchcraft and wizardry in a prequel to her Harry Potter hepatology, following the adventures of 'magizoologist' Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) hunting magical creatures for the Ministry of Magic in 1940s New York. Producer David Heyman and director David Yates reunite, joined by visual effects supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz, special effects supervisor David Watkins and visual effects studios, including Cinesite, Double Negative, Framestore, MPC, Image Engine, Rodeo FX, Deluxe Method Studios, Milk VFX, Spill Studios, Lola VFX, The Secret Lab, Vine FX, NVizible, Passion Pictures, Nvizage, Proof, Inc. and The Third Floor.
Persistence of Vision
Article by Graham Edwards
Recruited by the military, linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) seeks meaning in the complex language of enigmatic aliens who have come to Earth in 12 gigantic ships. Paramount Pictures' Arrival is directed by Denis Villeneuve and based on Ted Chiang's award-winning novella Story of Your Life. Visual effects supervisor Louis Morin coordinates a team of artists from Hybride Technologies, Rodeo FX, Oblique FX, Raynault FX, Framestore, MELS VFX and Fly Studio. Production designer Patrice Vermette brings an eerie alien ambience to the film's visuals. Ryal Cosgrove is special effects supervisor.
Love in a Dangerous Time
Article by Graham Edwards
International agents Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) fall in love during a mission to Casablanca in 1942, only to find past secrets threatening their relationship, in a romantic thriller presented by Paramount Pictures. Robert Zemeckis directs from an original screenplay by Steven Knight. Visual effects supervisor Kevin Baillie and a team of artists at Atomic Fiction deliver wartime illusions, with practical effects handled by special effects supervisor Richard Van Den Bergh.
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