Romancing the Sea
Article by Jody Duncan
When Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) discovers his true destiny as heir to the underwater throne of Atlantis, he must confront his brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) in a battle to decide who will rule. James Wan directs this adaptation of the DC Comics stories for Warner Bros. Pictures, supported by visual effects teams from Industrial Light & Magic, Scanline VFX, MPC, Method Studios, Rodeo FX and Digital Domain on a deep dive into a fantastic subaquatic realm. Fractured FX and Ironhead Studio provide special makeup effects and specialty costumes.
Welcome to Marwen
Small Wonder
Article by Graham Edwards
Steve Carell stars in this much anticipated Robert Zemeckis film — based on a true story — in which a man who suffers a brain injury after a severe beating finds his way to recovery through the enactment of life events using dolls within the meticulously built fantasy world of 'Marwen.' Atomic Fiction and Framestore lead the film's visual effects, bringing doll characters to resplendent life. A DreamWorks production, distributed by Universal Pictures.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Wizard Uprising
Article by Joe Fordham
Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling continue their journey into the history of the Harry Potter universe following the adventures of 'magizoologist' Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who attempts to bring to justice the dastardly Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) with the help of the wizard Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). Potter veterans — director David Yates, visual effects supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz, and special effects supervisor David Watkins — reunite to bring the magic with visual effects studios including DNEG, Framestore, Image Engine Design, Rodeo FX, Method Studios, Lola Visual Effects, Milk VFX, Passion Pictures, Clear Angle Studio, Proof, The Third Floor, Nvizage and Stereo D.
Q&A: Robert Zemeckis
Interview by Graham Edwards
In this special interview, Robert Zemeckis discusses his film Welcome to Marwen — which he describes as the most complex production of his career. A pioneer of motion capture movies, the veteran filmmaker reveals what first attracted him to this true-life story set in an imaginary miniature world, and talks about some of the technical innovations used to bring the film's one-sixth scale doll characters to life.
Q&A with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Director Richard Fleischer
Interview by Don Shay
It was 41 years ago that Cinefex founder Don Shay sat down to interview Richard Fleischer — an interview meant to uncover material for an intended book project. When Shay put the book aside in favor of starting work on Cinefex the following year, the transcribed interview went into a file cabinet, where it has been ever since. That incisive and illuminating interview, revealing behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the classic 1954 feature film from Walt Disney Studios, finally makes its way out of the file cabinet and into the pages of the 162nd issue of Cinefex.
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