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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Heavy Metal
Article by Jody Duncan
In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, a sequel to the 2007 hit about an age-old war between two races of giant alien robots, director Michael Bay raises the bar on visual effects with 40 new robots, more dynamic battle sequences and large-scale robot destruction, and the use of high-resolution IMAX cameras. Industrial Light & Magic and Digital Domain led the visual onslaught.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Military Maneuvers
Article by Jody Duncan
An elite G.I. Joe combat unit confronts a malevolent criminal organization intent on world domination in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, directed by Stephen Sommers and inspired by the popular Hasbro toy line. Visual effects supervisor Boyd Shermis led a team of ten vendors charged with depicting the film's exotic, globe-spanning locales, futuristic weaponry, and nonstop, high-octane action. Stan Winston Studio contributed an array of practical effects.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Earth, Wind and Fire
Article by Joe Fordham
For this sixth installment in the blockbuster film franchise, wizard-in-training Harry Potter survives teen angst, Death Eater attacks, and a dangerous mission aimed at defeating the Dark Lord Voldemort. Returning director David Yates reunited with visual effects supervisor Tim Burke and vendors in London, California and Australia to realize the magical mayhem. Also re-joining the team were series regulars John Richardson, in charge of special effects, and Nick Dudman, who oversaw creature designs.
District 9
Slumdog Aliens
Article by Joe Fordham
First-time features director Neil Blomkamp combines alien visitation with the gritty realities of poverty, racism and life in a Third World ghetto, for District 9, a science-fiction film about downtrodden extraterrestrials living in slums on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Backed by producer Peter Jackson, Blomkamp called upon Weta Workshop for conceptual designs, while Image Engine and The Embassy generated the insect-like aliens, mothership and alien hardware.
Animal Action
Article by Joe Fordham
An unlikely team of crime-fighting guinea pigs and rodents brings down an evil inventor with illusions of grandeur in G-Force, a live-action comedy conceived and directed by veteran visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman. Sony Pictures Imageworks created the digitally animated creatures and visual effects generated in stereoscopic 3D.
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