The Mandalorian
Returning the Jedi
Article by Jody Duncan
 
Show runners Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni return with a second season of The Mandalorian, the Star Wars-themed episodic show streaming on Disney+. The second season picks up where the first left off, with a Mandalorian bounty hunter, living in the age after the fall of the Empire, attempts to return a baby of Yoda's species to his people and home — fighting against a variety of dangerous creatures and the remnants of Imperial power throughout the galaxy. Richard Bluff returns as production-side visual effects supervisor, joined by visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer, Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisor John Knoll, animation supervisor Hal Hickel, and artists and technicians at Hybride, Image Engine and Important Looking Pirates.
 
The Stand
Fear No Evil
Article by Jody Duncan
 
Horror author Stephen King had already made a name for himself with the novels Carrie and The Shining by the time The Stand hit bookshelves in 1978. The epic novel, which many still count as their favorite King tome, presented the story of the ultimate showdown between Good and Evil after the apocalypse of a population-shattering pandemic. CBS All Access dramatizes the novel in a nine-episode series starring James Marsden and Whoopi Goldberg. Jake Braver serves as visual effects supervisor, overseeing stunning work from Industrial Light & Magic, Important Looking Pirates, Pixomondo and other top-drawer visual effects houses.
 
Star Trek: Discovery
The Undiminished Spirit
Article by Graham Edwards
 
In Season 3 of the CBS All Access sci-fi series, Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the starship U.S.S. Discovery travel to the distant future, where they face the difficult challenge of restoring hope to a fractured Federation. Lead visual effects supervisor Jason Zimmerman directs teams of home-working artists at vendors including Pixomondo, DNEG TV, Crafty Apes, Ghost VFX, FX3X and The Mill. Glenn Hetrick’s and Neville Page’s Alchemy Studios create prosthetic makeup effects and specialty armor.
 
Mank
Smartest Man in the Room
Article by Joe Fordham
 
Veteran Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) reteams with wunderkind director Orson Welles (Tom Burke) to craft the screenplay for Welles' daring cinematic debut, Citizen Kane. Netflix presents the David Fincher film, based on a screenplay by Jack Fincher, as a hyper-realistic journey into the soul of 1940s America. Visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman and team at Industrial Light & Magic furnished cutting-edge digital artistry, along with Artemple Hollywood, Territory Studio, Savage VFX, Ollin VFX and Alterian.
 
Raised by Wolves
Bad Robot
Article by Joe Fordham
 
After a future war divides Earth into warrior-like and spiritualistic factions, two androids (Amanda Colin and Abubakar Salim) flee to a mysterious planet where they are tasked with raising a colony of human children. HBO Max and Scott Free Productions realized the ten-episode mini-series with makeup effects supervisor Jaco Snyman, special effects supervisor Cordell McQueen and visual effects supervisor Ray McIntyre Jr. Mr. X and Pixomondo led a collective of more than a dozen visual effects studios, including Mind & Machine, UPP, Pixel Magic, Crafty Apes, Spin VFX, CoSA VFX, Barnstorm VFX and BUF.
 
 
 
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