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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
When Harry Met Dobby
Article by Barbara Robertson
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second in a series of films based on J.K. Rowling's popular children's books, serves up more of everything — more effects, more complex action and environments, more 3D creature work. Reuniting for the sequel were director Chris Columbus and many of the first film's core effects contributors, including special effects supervisor John Richardson, creature creator Nick Dudman and London-based vendors Mill Film, The Moving Picture Company, Cinesite and Framestore CFC. Leading the visual effects effort was Jim Mitchell of Industrial Light & Magic.
Twin Geeks
Article by Joe Fordham
Witty, imaginative and highly unorthodox, Adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze, pits the film's real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman against his fictional twin brother, Donald — both portrayed by Nicolas Cage — as the two go head-to-head in a comical search for artistic truth and familial redemption. Twinning and other effects were the work of visual effects supervisor Gray Marshall and his Gray Matter FX team, while makeup artists Joel Harlow and Kevin Yagher provided facial and body prosthetics.
Blind Justice
Article by Joe Fordham
Continuing the tradition of comic book characters making the leap from panel to screen, Daredevil follows the crimefighting adventures of vigilante lawyer Matt Murdock, whose heightened sensory powers are a by-product of a freak accident in childhood that blinded him. Director Mark Steven Johnson called upon visual effects supervisor Rich Thorne and principal vendors Rhythm & Hues, Digital Domain and Pixel Magic to render his superhero's antics, making extensive use of digital doubles in combination with practical effects and live-action stuntwork.
Star Trek Nemesis
Through a Glass Darkly
Article by Bill Norton
Following a lengthy hiatus, Paramount Pictures' most enduring film franchise returns with Star Trek Nemesis, the tenth installment in the series and fourth based on the Emmy-winning Next Generation television show. First-time Trek director Stuart Baird challenged veteran production personnel such as makeup head Michael Westmore and production designer Herman Zimmerman, as well as Trek rookie Mark Forker — who headed the visual effects team at Digital Domain — to infuse the show with a fresh perspective.
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