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The Flower that Blooms
Article by Jody Duncan
Director Niki Caro adapts the wildly popular animated feature, Mulan, in this live-action film. Like the orginal, the story revolves around a young Chinese maiden who diguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her old father from conscription into the army. The Walt Disney Pictures release stars Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen and Jet Li. Mark Byers offered up on-set effects, while Weta Workshop delivered props and armor to evoke the story’s historical time and place. Visual effects were achieved by Image Engine, Crafty Apes, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Day for Nite and Framestore.
Nowhere to Hide
Article by Joe Fordham
Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners present a story set on the battlefields of World War One. Director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins plunge viewers into a race against time, following two young infantrymen (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) on a journey through enemy territory conjured by production designer Dennis Gassner and special effects supervisor Dominic Tuohy. Visual effects supervisors Guillaume Rocheron and Greg Butler and MPC blended scenes into a bravura single-shot cinematic illusion.
The New Mutants
Inner Demons
Article by Graham Edwards
The X-Men franchise shifts gear with this horrific tale about a new generation of youngsters with uncanny abilities. Held captive inside a secret facility, these five mutants will need to harness their extraordinary powers if they hope to survive. Josh Boone directs, with visual effects supervisor Olivier Dumont leading teams at DNEG, MPC, Method Studios and Zero VFX. Mark Hawker supervises special effects.
A Stronger Loving World
Article by Joe Fordham
HBO and show-runner Damon Lindelof revisit the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, picking up the alternate history timeline in a nine-episode mini-series with outlaw vigilantes fighting injustice in present-day America. Senior visual effects supervisor Erik Henry and visual effects supervisor Matt Robken supplied visual effects from nearly two dozen studios — including BUF, Framestore, Hybride, Important Looking Pirates, One of Us, Pixomondo, Raynault VFX, Rodeo FX, Territory Studio and more.
Deep Waters
Article by Jody Duncan
Kristen Stewart stars in William Eubank's Twentieth Century Fox film about a research crew that crosses two miles of ocean floor to reach safety after an earthquake destroys a deep-sea laboratory. Visual effects for the underwater adventure/thriller were created by MPC, Furious FX, Proof and Image Engine. Legacy Effects designed and built custom diving suits, while Mark Byers delivered on-set special effects.
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