Thor: Ragnarok
Team Thor
Article by Graham Edwards
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) gathers a team including Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to prevent the goddess of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett), from destroying Asgard, in Walt Disney Pictures' and Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok. Taika Waititi directs, and also performs as the Kronan stone giant Korg. Jake Morrison supervises visual effects by vendors including Framestore, ILM, Double Negative, Method Studios, Luma, Digital Domain, Image Engine, Rising Sun Pictures and many others. The Third Floor and Profile Studios handle virtual production. Ironhead Studio and Quantum Creation FX fabricate specialty costumes and special effects supervisor R. Bruce Steinheimer delivers on-set action.
The Shape of Water
The Patron Saint of Otherness
Article by Graham Edwards
Master filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to his low budget roots with this adult fairy tale set in the Cold War era. When lonely cleaner Eliza (Sally Hawkins) encounters an amphibian man (Doug Jones) captured by government agent Strickland (Michael Shannon), she is swept away on a tide of romance and danger. Legacy Effects creature supervisor Shane Mahan and Mr. X Inc. visual effects supervisor Dennis Berardi lead their respective teams to breathe life into the film's aquatic leading man. Special effects supervisor Warren Appleby conjures practical illusions on set.
Only the Brave
Brave Hearts
Article by Jody Duncan
Director Joe Kosinski brings a gritty authenticity to this true story about a Prescott, Arizona elite firefighting team that lost 19 members while battling a wildfire in June 2013. Special effects supervisor Mike Meinardus executed a number of controlled burns on location and on backlot sets in Santa Fe, New Mexico to ensure as many of the fire scenarios as possible could be captured in camera. Visual effects supervisor Eric Barba and a team at ILM Vancouver enhanced the practical effects with state-of-the-art CG fire simulations so complex some took up to a month to render.
Send in the Clown
Article by Jody Duncan
Stephen King's terrifying novel about a demon that takes the form of a clown and picks off children in a small Maine town saw dramatization as a 1990 mini-series, but never as a feature film — until New Line Cinema joined with director Andy Muschietti and Warner Bros. to produce It. ADI executed makeup designs for Pennywise the clown, portrayed by Bill Skarsgård, and also contributed other special makeup effects. Visual effects supervisor Nick Brooks and visual effects producer Ken Wallace wrangled visual effects shots created by Rodeo FX, the show's main effects vendor, as well as Atomic Arts, Make FX, Hollywood VFX, Image Flux and Cubica. Warren Appleby orchestrated on set special effects.
Wonder Woman
Article by Joe Fordham
Earlier this summer, cinemas were taken by storm when the mythological Princess Diana of Themyscira (Gal Gadot) joined a young British Expeditionary Forces Captain, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), fighting forces of evil in the trenches of World War I. Director Patty Jenkins recaps her journey crafting a new icon for DC Films and Warner Bros. Pictures with visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer, special effects supervisor Mark Holt and makeup effects supervisor Kristyan Mallett, aided by visual effects studios including Weta Digital, Double Negative, MPC, Pixomondo, Proof and The Third Floor.
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