Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Spirit in the Sky
Article by Joe Fordham
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his motley gang of intergalactic criminals — based on the anarchic Marvel Comics space adventures created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning — reunite to delve into the mysteries of Quill's parentage. James Gunn returns to write and direct for Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios, this time accompanied by visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend, special effects supervisor Daniel Sudick, makeup effects artists at Legacy Effects, and visual effects artists at Framestore, Weta Digital, Animal Logic, Deluxe Method Studios, Scanline VFX, Trixter, Lola VFX, Cantina Creative, Luma Pictures and The Third Floor.
Alien: Covenant
Dark Materials
Article by Graham Edwards
With this sequel to Prometheus, Twentieth Century Fox and director Ridley Scott edge the ongoing storyline one step closer to the classic sci-fi horror feature, Alien. The crew of the spaceship Covenant land on a remote planet rich in plant life, only to find themselves facing a lethal threat. Creature specialists Creatures Inc. and Odd Studio breathe life into a host of alien organisms. Visual effects supervisor Charley Henley oversees flesh-crawling illusions by MPC, Luma Pictures, Animal Logic, Framestore, Rising Sun Pictures, Atomic Fiction and Peerless Camera Company. Neil Corbould supervises special effects.
The Fate of the Furious
Life in the Fast Lane
Article by Graham Edwards
Buckle up for the eighth installment in the popular series of high-speed heist movies. Directed by F. Gary Gray, Universal Pictures' The Fate of the Furious sees former street racer Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) seduced by anarchistic hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron). Visual effects supervisor Michael Wassel steers teams of artists at Digital Domain, Double Negative, Pixomondo, Rodeo FX, Cantina Creative, Trixter and RISE, while special effects supervisor J.D. Schwalm rigs some truly monumental practical vehicle gags.
Ghost in the Shell
Retro Future Tech
Article by Joe Fordham
Paramount Pictures presents a live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime feature created by Masamune Shirow, featuring a futuristic cyborg counter-terrorist (Scarlett Johansson) who attempts to bring down a cyber criminal. Director Rupert Sanders enlisted visual effects supervisors Guillaume Rocheron and John Dykstra, and visual effects producer Fiona Campbell-Westgate to create technological landscapes and robotic creations in collaboration with creature effects designers at Weta Workshop, special effects supervisor Steve Ingram, and visual effects studios including MPC, Territory Studio, Framestore, Atomic Fiction, Blacksmith, Reynault VFX, The Mill, Halon and Pixomondo.
Finding Calvin
Article by Jody Duncan
Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds star in this Daniel Espinosa-helmed sci-fi film about an International Space Station crew that discovers intelligent — perhaps too intelligent — life on Mars. Industrial Light & Magic joined Double Negative, One of Us, Atomic Fiction, Nvizible, Outpost VFX, Lola VFX and others in bringing the space-set thriller to the screen.
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