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WEAVING THE INTRICATE WEB OF VFX SPUN BY HIGH-FLYING SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME

By TREVOR HOGG Images courtesy of Marvel Studios. A new black and gold Spider-Man suit channels Eldritch magic. On June 5, 1962, teenage angst accidentally combined with a radioactive arachnoid in a story published in Amazing Fantasy #15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Since then, there have been various incarnations of Spider-Man living in [...]

THE VFX OSCAR – FOR IMAGERY TRANSCENDING A TIME OF TURBULENCE

 By TREVOR HOGG  Special effects team lead Gerd Nefzer created 300 palm leaves that were later engulfed in flames for a brief scene in Dune. (Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures) The only James Bond outings to receive Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects were Thunderball and Moonraker, with No Time to Die looking to [...]

HOW INTERNAL ART DEPARTMENTS HELP TO SHAPE THE VFX STORY

 By IAN FAILES  A Framestore concept frame for Blade Runner 2049. (Image courtesy of Framestore. Copyright © 2017 Warner Bros. Pictures)  We regularly hear about the incredible artistry inside visual effects studios to pull off final shots. But a key step in the VFX component not always discussed is the intricate concept, design and visualization [...]

LYNWEN BRENNAN: KEEPING LUCASFILM AT THE FOREFRONT OF ENTERTAINMENT

By TREVOR HOGG Images courtesy of Lynwen Brennan and Lucasfilm. Lynwen Brennan, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Lucasfilm.  Looking at the responsibilities of Lucasfilm Executive Vice President & General Manager Lynwen Brennan, which involves overseeing Lucasfilm, ILM and Skywalker Sound, one could imagine her head spinning around in bewilderment, but via Zoom she has [...]

CAPTURING A COLOSSAL CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE LUNAR KIND IN MOONFALL

 By TREVOR HOGG  Images courtesy of Lionsgate and Centropolis Entertainment.   Director Roland Emmerich on the set of Moonfall. (Photo: Reiner Bajo/Lionsgate)  Whether it be an alien invasion in Independence Day, a raging Kaiju in Godzilla or the environmental catastrophe of The Day After Tomorrow, German filmmaker Roland Emmerich has gained a reputation of being able [...]

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