Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Force Strong
Article by Joe Fordham
The eighth chapter of Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures' space adventure saga explores the evolving relationship between the vagabond Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) while the threat of the First Order continues to grip the galaxy. Writer and director Rian Johnson enlists visual effects supervisor Ben Morris, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and prosthetic and creature designer Neal Scanlan, with an international cadre of visual effects artists from Industrial Light & Magic and other studios including Hybride, One of Us, Base FX, The Third Floor and Stereo D.
Game of Thrones (Season 7)
A Mud and Dirt Show
Article by Jody Duncan
The penultimate season of the epic HBO series offered the most explosive action and spectacular visuals than any preceding it, with dragons more than ready for their closeups, and battles — the Unsullied attack on Casterly Rock and the Loot Train Battle — that artfully blended practical in-camera effects with stunning visual effects. Interviews with series visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer, visual effects producer Steve Kullback and key personnel at effects houses around the globe inform the behind-the-scenes story of the biggest and best GOT season to date.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
It's a Jungle Out There
Article by Jody Duncan
In this sequel to the 1995 family adventure Jumanji, four teenagers are sucked inside a video game, where they take on the personas of their digital avatars — Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart), Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) and Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black). Directed by Jake Kasdan, Columbia Pictures' Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle features visual effects by MPC, Rodeo FX, Iloura and Ollin Studio, led by visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen. Special effects supervisor J.D. Schwalm serves up wild on-set gags and action.
These Little Town Blues
Article by Joe Fordham
In this satirical comedy from Paramount Pictures and director Alexander Payne, occupational therapist Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) consider the possibilities of a better life through voluntary shrinkage. Visual effects supervisor James E. Price conjures miniature worlds with a team of artists from Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Whiskytree, Rodeo FX, Atomic Fiction, Shade VFX, Tricky Guy VFX and Lola VFX, with The Third Floor, Base FX, Halon and Mr. X.
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