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Article by Jody Duncan
Filmmaker Ang Lee and Paramount Pictures bring to fruition an action-packed, high-concept detective story about a hitman (Will Smith) tasked with eliminating his younger clone. The project required years of development to make possible the central premise, which visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer realized in collaboration with special effects supervisor Mark Hawker and artisans at Weta Digital, Scanline VFX and The Third Floor.
The Place of No Return
By Joe Fordham
20th Century Fox presents a science fiction story about an astronaut (Brad Pitt) who sets out across the solar system in search of his father (Tommy Lee Jones) who vanished 20 years ago on a mission seeking extra-terrestrial intelligence. Director James Gray mounted the space-faring spectacle with visual effects supervisor Allen Maris, and special effects supervisor Frank Iudica, aided by MPC, Weta Digital, Method Studios, Mr. X, Shade VFX, Capital T, Brainstorm Digital, Vitality VFX, BOT VFX and Territory Studios.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
The Living Planet
Article by Joe Fordham
A new adventure begins in the fantasy world of Thra, first seen in the much-loved 1982 feature The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. In this Netflix streaming series, a trio of Gelflings embark on a quest to challenge the might of the Skeksis, cruel overlords of their magical realm. Jim Henson's Creature Shop creates a cast of otherworldly characters using the latest techniques in puppetry and animatronics, while DNEG crafts the visual effects.
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Article by Graham Edwards
It's pedal to the metal in the latest action spectacular from the creators of the Fast & Furious franchise. Federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) team up against supervillain Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) to prevent the release of a deadly virus. David Leitch directs, with special effects supervisor J.D. Schwalm handling explosive practical action. Visual effects supervisor Dan Glass steers teams at DNEG, Framestore, MPC, One of Us and Crafty Apes.