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ACKNOWLEDGING THE DRAMATIC VISUAL IMPACTS OF JUPITER’S LEGACY

By TREVOR HOGG Images courtesy of Netflix. Extensive storyboards were created for the Hilltop Fight. Exploring the impact that celebrities have on a society and on their own children is Jupiter’s Legacy,created by Mark Miller and Frank Quitely, which chronicles the origins of the first superheroes as well as the subsequent trials and tribulations resulting [...]

CREATING PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SUPERNATURAL FOR SHADOW AND BONE

By TREVOR HOGG Images courtesy of Netflix. General Kirigan (Ben Barnes) reveals Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) to be the Sun Summoner. The highly-rated young-adult fantasy adventure series Shadow and Bone, released in April, literally centers around a battle between light and darkness with the central character of Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) being the [...]

In This Corner Weighing In At…

Godzilla vs. Kong is the newest iteration of the Monsterverse (see article, page 30) with a special effects legacy that dates back to 1933. That’s when the original black-and-white movie of King Kong debuted to stunned audiences. Even today, it ranks as one of the greatest monster/horror features of all time. It displayed the genius [...]

SIGNATURE SPECIAL EFFECTS ON THE SMALL SCREEN

By IAN FAILES A careful mix of fuels, mortars and debris made up the explosions for Gangs of London. (Image courtesy of Alexander Gunn) If you thought that the state of play in special effects in television and streaming had ramped up in recent years, you’re not imagining things. More shows, bigger scenes, and what [...]

EVOLVING TECHNOLOGY MAKES INVISIBLE EFFECTS VISIBLY MORE EFFICIENT

By TREVOR HOGG Images courtesy of Adobe, Autodesk, Foundry, SideFX, Cinefade and Epic Games. The physically-based renderer produced by Arnold.  Despite the ability to create fantastical worlds and creatures digitally, the majority of the work for the visual effects industry is focused on making unnoticeable alterations, whether it be painting out rigging, extending sets and [...]

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