A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Mecha Odyssey
Article by Joe Fordham
After more than two decades of super-secret development by filmmaking legend Stanley Kubrick, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence — the story of a robot-child's quest for a means to become human — would finally see the light of day in the hands of Steven Spielberg, who crafted both the script and the film from notes and artwork left behind by Kubrick upon his death. Spielberg summoned Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisors Dennis Muren and Scott Farrar to convey onto film new and existing conceptual art of a future world ravaged by the effects of global warming and overpopulated by both humans and their mechanical creations. Spielberg also engaged Stan Winston Studio to design and build an extensive cast of robot characters.
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Inside the Planet of the Apes
Article by Mark Cotta Vaz
Visionary director Tim Burton put his own singular spin of Planet of the Apes, a remake of the 1968 classic, depicting evolution turned on its ear in a world where humans are subjugated by a superior race of apes. The production would boast a stellar team of effects contributors. Cementing his reputation as the undisputed master of simian simulation was makeup maestro Rick Baker, whose Cinovation Studio team would create fourteen principal ape characters, all distinct and different, plus hundreds of secondary and background players. Spearheading the postproduction visual effects, a blend of models, paintings and digital work, were visual effects supervisors Bill George and George Murphy of Industrial Light & Magic.
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