Star Trek: The Next Generation
Special Effects - The Next Generation
Article by Glenn Campbell and Donna Trotter
The issue of visual effects had to be addressed early in the planning stages for Star Trek — The Next Generation. With fifty or more quality effects shots needed for each weekly episode — and only a modicum of time and money to spend on them — an alternative to film opticals was considered essential. Aware of advances in video effects technology, the producers turned to two of the most progressive video postprodiction companies in the business — The Post Group and Composite Image Systems — to take them where no television series had gone before.
The Fly II
On The Fly - The Making of a Sequel
Article by Robin Brunet
At the end of David Cronenberg's horror hit, The Fly, Veronica Quaife is left pregnant with the child of Seth Brundle, uncertain of what effect the mutant housefly genes that destroyed her lover might have on their child. First-time director Chris Walas — who as makeup effects supervisor had won an Oscar for the first film — was given an opportunity to explore the possibilities in The Fly II. Reuniting key members of his makeup and effects unit for the sequel, Walas translated onto film the physical metamorphosis of young Martin Brundle from normal human being to murderours mutant insect.
From Science to Showbiz
Article by Pamela Duncan Looft
In a serendipitous merging of skills, equipment and opportunity, Oxford Scientific Films was founded by a group of university zoologists intent upon photo-documenting the microscopic wonders of the world surrounding them. Before long, the fresh perspective they brought to motion picture problem solving led to their involvement in a variety of feature film projects. Today — expanded into a full-service facility — Oxford Scientific is a respected leader among British effects studios.
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