The Lion King
A Moon-Shot Movie
Article by Jody Duncan
Coming off their successful collaboration on Jungle Book, director Jon Favreau and the team at MPC elevate the craft of computer animation to astonishing heights in the remake of Walt Disney Pictures' The Lion King. Working in a modestly-sized black box with the latest and greatest of virtual production tools, Favreau and director of photography Caleb Deschanel shot the film over the course of many months, and then handed shots over to animation supervisor Andy Jones and the MPC crew to transform low-res images into the most beautifully realized African wildlife ever to grace the screen. Cinefex's coverage boasts comprehensive interviews with Favreau, Jones, visual effects supervisors Rob Legato and Adam Valdez, production designer James Chinlund, and the wizards of virtual production.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Grand Illusions
Article by Graham Edwards
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) accompanies his friends on vacation in Europe where, in the guise of his alter ego Spider-Man, he battles sinister forces unleashed by the supervillain Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Jon Watts directs the latest adventure for the web-slinging superhero, with visual effects delivered by Sony Pictures Imageworks, Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Scanline VFX, Image Engine, Luma Pictures and Territory Studio. Special effects supervisor Andy Williams rigs the practical action on set.
Game of Thrones (Season 8)
When Dragons Go to War
Article by Graham Edwards
The epic effects in the much-anticipated final season of Game of Thrones are revealed and explained in this wrap-up story, with contributions by series visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer, visual effects producer Steve Kullback, and luminaries at visual effects companies from around the world that joined together for one last push toward Westoros.
Men in Black: International
Loving the Alien
Article by Joe Fordham
In Columbia Pictures' and Amblin Entertainment's fourth science fiction comedy — adapted from Lowell Cunningham's comics — dapper-dressing extraterrestrial peacekeepers Agent H (Chris Hemsworth), Agent M (Tessa Thompson) and High T (Liam Neeson), pursue their foe in New York, Morocco, Italy and London. Director F. Gary Gray creates alien action with special effects supervisor Paul Corbould, makeup designer Jeremy Woodhead, visual effects supervisors Jerome Chen and Daniel Kramer, and artists at Sony Pictures Imageworks, DNEG, Method, Rodeo FX, Atomic Fiction and Territory Studios.
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