In this week of remembrance for the fallen of the First World War, the BBC has released The Somme in Seven Poems, a collection of short animated films that bring to life the words of writers including Siegfried Sasson and Robert Graves. The animation sequences are part of the full-length documentary, War of Words – Soldier-Poets of the Somme, and were created by Bristol-based Burrell Durrant Hifle. Here’s the trailer:
You can watch The Somme in Seven Poems in its entirety here via the BBC iPlayer (access may vary according to where you are in the world).
Next up in my VFX videos of the week is Black Hole Creation, in which Joey Shanks of Shanks FX sets about reproducing the scientifically accurate black hole seen in Interstellar using optical in-camera techniques. If you enjoy going behind the scenes on a little old-school trickery, you’re going to love this:
This week has seen the usual crop of new trailers, including a spectacular final promo for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. Watch out for in-depth coverage of the visual effects of this biblical epic – by Double Negative, MPC, The Senate and Method Studios – in Cinefex 140, out in December.
The new extended teaser for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron doesn’t show much we haven’t seen already, but is a decent enough fix until we get the full trailer next year. VFX credits for this Marvel epic include ILM, Double Negative, Trixter, Clear Angle Studios, and Animal Logic:
It looks like 2015 might be the year of “adrift in the ocean” stories. Not only do we have Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea to look forward to, but Brian Falk’s Against the Sun looks kind of interesting too. Based on a true story, it chronicles the fate of three US Air Force flyers as they battle the elements in an inflatable raft, after their plane crashes into the sea during WWII. Visual effects are by Switch VFX, Spin VFX, Malditochroma VFX, Flash Film Works and Baked FX:
Next comes the final trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Visual effects are by Digital Domain, Method Studios, MPC, Cinesite and Zoic Studios, and we’ll be covering the movie here on the blog soon. This one is a bitter-sweet affair, featuring as it does the late Robin Williams in his last screen role:
My final pick of the trailers is this teaser for iBoy, an unlikely superhero story about a boy who, following a mugging, gets fragments of a smartphone embedded in his brain. Visual effects and motion graphics are by Momoco:
Last on this list of videos of the week doesn’t feature any visual effects. What it does feature is Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon performing his song Heart, Broken, a wry protest against the whole business of going behind the scenes on movies. Uh, wait a second … that’s exactly what we do here at Cinefex. On second thoughts, I don’t want you to watch this video at all!
The winner of last week’s poll, with 32% of the vote, was this year’s John Lewis Christmas TV ad, Monty’s Christmas, starring MPC’s cute animated penguin. As for this week’s selection, well, now’s your chance to vote for your favourite. Will it be poems from the Somme, black holes, one of those terrific trailers, or Joss at the piano? Or maybe you don’t like my selection at all, in which case there’s a special box for you to add your own suggestions!