Black Widow – Digital Domain

Digital Domain’s Visual Effects Supervisor Dave Hodgins and his team of artists produced visual effects for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow.

The action-packed sequences include the creation and destruction of the Red Room, intense skydiving shots and the final battle between Black Widow and the Taskmaster. Travel through the sky and check out our VFX work for yourself

Free Guy – Digital Domain

For Twentieth Century Studios’ Free Guy, Digital Domain Visual Effects Supervisor Nikos Kalaitzidis led a team of about 254 artists, creating 347 VFX shots for the film. From replacing actors with digidoubles to creating entire CG cities, Digital Domain was also responsible for the 87 gameplay shots that take place inside of Free City, along with the exciting, action-packed opening sequence we call “The Oner,” which truly sets the tone for the film.

Day Shift – Trailer

Jamie Foxx stars as a hard working blue collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income, hunting and killing vampires as part of an international Union of vampire hunters.

Blonde – Teaser

Ana de Armas is Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, only on Netflix 9/23. From director Andrew Dominik, and based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde boldly reimagines the complicated life of icon Marilyn Monroe. Blurring the lines of fact and fiction, the film artfully explores the tension between her public and private life.

Black Adam – Trailer

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Troll – Teaser

Deep inside the mountain of Dovre, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching the capital of Norway. But how do you stop something you thought only existed in Norwegian folklore?

Blasted – Trailer

Bros before UFOs…This sci-fi comedy is inspired by the Norwegian UFO phenomenon. Former childhood friends and local laser tag duo – Sebastian and Mikkel – reconnect later in life for the ultimate bachelor party that gets invaded by aliens. To defeat the aliens they need to rekindle their relationship to save everyone.

You Don’t Know Me – Trailer

A young unnamed defendant stands in the dock accused of murder. He has fired his barrister and is now representing himself. It seems to be an open and shut case. But is it? The defendant starts to tell us a story. A love story where he falls in love with a girl named Kira. Their love story shatters when she disappears. His search for her ends up embroiling him in London’s underworld.

Morbius – Digital Domain

For the Sony Pictures’ film Morbius, Digital Domain created over 500 visual effects shots. Led by VFX Supervisor Joel Behrens, our artists were responsible for the final monstrous, vampiric looks of Dr. Michael Morbius, played by Jared Leto, and Milo, played by Matt Smith. To bring the characters to life the award-winning visual effects studio employed its proprietary facial capture system, Masquerade. In addition to the character design, Digital Domain artists developed the look of the bloom, super speed, flying, echolocation and shedding effects, and contributed to several sequences including the container ship sequence, the subway chase, Morbius’ prison escape and the final battle at the construction site.

The Old Man – Trailer

Based on the bestselling novel by Thomas Perry, “The Old Man” centers on Dan Chase who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past. With Dan Chase flushed out of hiding, the FBI’s Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Harold Harper is called on to hunt him down because of his complicated past with the rogue fugitive. When Chase proves to be more difficult to apprehend than the authorities expected, a highly trained special ops contractor is sent to pursue him as well. While on the run, Chase rents a room from Zoe McDonald who draws on reserves she never knew she had in order to survive the day when she learns the truth about her new tenant.

Spiderhead – Trailer

Two inmates (Miles Teller & Jurnee Smollett) form a connection while grappling with their pasts in a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by a brilliant visionary (Chris Hemsworth) who experiments on his subjects with mind-altering drugs. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Tron: Legacy). Based on The New Yorker short story, “Escape From Spiderhead,” by George Saunders.

The Gray Man – Trailer

THE GRAY MAN is CIA operative Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), aka, Sierra Six. Plucked from a federal penitentiary and recruited by his handler, Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton), Gentry was once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death. But now the tables have turned and Six is the target, hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), a former cohort at the CIA, who will stop at nothing to take him out. Agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) has his back. He’ll need it.

Medieval – Teaser Trailer

Jan believes that Kings are the right hand of God and should be respected and obeyed, no matter what. As Katherine becomes caught in a dangerous political game between the monarchs, Jan falls in love with her strong spirit and dedication to saving the people. In a brave attempt to liberate her, he fights back with a rebel army to battle the corruption, greed, and betrayal rampant amongst those clawing for power. Jan now realizes that the fate of the Empire will be decided by his love for Lady Katherine and that his fate doesn’t lie in the hands of Kings, but in the hands of his own people.

Pushpa – The Rise – Makuta VFX

Makuta provided VFX supervision and LiDAR scanning for the majority of this high-grossing feature, producing work for the complex waterfall episode, foliage extensions, forest rebuilds and 3D matte extensions to recreate the sandalwood trees that were critical to the story. With Makuta is producing hundreds of shots working closely with the direction team, the project’s visual effects were turned around in a very short time. This is one of the films, we worked during the pandemic. The film has managed to collect Rs 342+ cr worldwide and the biggest earner of 2021 in India.

Avatar 2 – The Way of Water – Teaser Trailer

Check out the Avatar 2 The Way of Water teaser trailer for the upcoming Avatar sequel movie starring Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, and Kate Winslet. Here’s a brief look at Avatar 2.

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

Don’t Worry Darling – Trailer

Check out the trailer for Don’t Worry Darling, the upcoming movie starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, and Chris Pine.

Alice (Pugh) and Jack (Styles) are lucky to be living in Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All they ask in return is unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause. But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning what they’re doing in Victory, and why. Just how much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s really going on in paradise

How Disney’s Animated Hair Became So Realistic, From ‘Tangled’ To ‘Encanto’ – Insider

The complex helical curl shape seen on Mirabel in “Encanto” is something you haven’t seen in an animated Disney movie until now. The blockbuster musical was Disney’s first animated movie to feature every category of hair texture, from 1A to 4C. Getting there took a decade of building the animation, simulation, shading, and grooming tools to represent the full range of hair types, colors, and styles.

We spoke with four members of the “Encanto” team to find out how they did it: Character Look Development Supervisor Michelle Lee Robinson, Consultant for Afro Colombian Representation Edna Liliana Valencia Murillo, Associate Technical Supervisor Nadim Sinno, and Character Look Artist Jose “Weecho” Velasquez.

They help trace the evolution of Disney’s 3D-animated hair over the past ten years, from Rapunzel’s 70-foot long mane in “Tangled” and Elsa and Anna’s braids in “Frozen” to the curly-wavy hair in “Moana” and diversity of textures in “Encanto.”

The Essex Serpent – Trailer

A widow, a local vicar and a mythical beast…are the rumors true? The Essex Serpent premieres May 13 on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_TheEssexSerpent

Set in Victorian England featuring a star studded cast led by Claire Danes, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy and Hayley Squires, The Essex Serpent follows London widow Cora Seaborne (Danes) who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. She forms surprising bond of science and skepticism with the local vicar (Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature.

Cyrano – Cinesite

From director Joe Wright comes this lush, musical retelling of the timeless tale of Cyrano de Bergerac. Set against a baroque cityscape, self-conscious wordsmith Cyrano helps young Christian to win the heart of Roxanne, who Cyrano secretly loves. Cyrano has been nominated for Outstanding British Film in the 2022 BAFTA film awards.

This lush production includes around 100 invisible visual effects, which range from environments and set extensions to retimes, CG blood, swords, fires, clean-ups and an action-packed, fast-paced long-shot, which sees Cyrano single-handedly besting a mob of attackers.

Visual Effects Supervisor for the production (and Cinesite) was Artemis Oikonomopoulou. The film is produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, along with Guy Heeley.

Rangasthalam – Makuta VFX

Makuta was tasked to produce the primary introductory shots of Ram Charan in this iconic drama. From producing the initial car accident shots, simulation, rendering and compositing work, we also produced the CG bicycle, which crashes in front of camera for the same shots. The main sequence, we were required to produce was the introductory shot of the hero. Originally attempted as a drone shot, it wasn’t possible for the crew to achieve the sweeping wide shot to close-up that was necessary, therefore a full CG environment was built, complete with barrage, water, foliage, etc., to match the subsequent live shots in the sequence. Combined with a live plate of the actor, the final shot swept down from an extreme distance to a close profile shot seamlessly.

Jurassic World Dominion – Legacy – Featurette

This June, experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by Oscar®-winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe.

From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.

Jurassic World Dominion, from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, propels the more than $5 billion franchise into daring, uncharted territory, featuring never-seen dinosaurs, breakneck action and astonishing new visual effects.

Lightyear – Offical Trailer 2

You know his name, now discover his story. On June 17, see Disney and Pixar’s #Lightyear, only in theaters.

Check out a new trailer for Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear,” revealing new details about the upcoming sci-fi action adventure. The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda. A new poster and images are also available.

How Mirror Scenes Are Shot In Movies & TV

Mirror shots in movies are especially challenging, as it’s hard to shoot a character’s reflection without accidentally revealing the camera. So Hollywood has many visual tricks to avoid this. Movies like “The Lady from Shanghai” and “It Chapter Two” used two-way mirrors. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” didn’t use a mirror at all and instead had Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton standing on one side of an open frame looking into a double set with body doubles mimicking their every move. Better visual effects meant movies like “Birdman” could shoot a real mirror and easily erase the camera later. For “Last Night in Soho,” Edgar Wright used a combination of these techniques, and many more, so Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy could mirror each other’s movements.

7 Classic Movie Tricks That Led To Modern CGI

Before the widespread use of CGI, filmmakers used surprising in-camera tricks and optical illusions to fool audiences. Early filmmakers like Georges Méliès could add a hidden cut to film a wide array of illusions. Creative composites allowed for an invisible character in 1933’s “The Invisible Man” and for Moses to part the sea in “The Ten Commandments.” Artists literally painted on top of shots to extend sets in “Citizen Kane” and create fantasy worlds in “The Wizard of Oz.” While most of these methods are obsolete today, new technologies like the LED projection used in “The Mandalorian” and the motion-control cameras in 2020’s “The Invisible Man” build off these past methods.

Senior Year

After a cheerleader (Rebel Wilson) falls off a pyramid and into a 20 year coma, she wakes up as a 37-year-old woman, ready to return to high school, regain her status and claim the prom queen crown that eluded her.

How Fake Crowds Are Made For Movies And TV – Insider

Using completely real crowds in Hollywood productions can be a huge logistical challenge. That’s why movies and TV shows have found many ways to make crowds look bigger than they are. Older movies like “Ben-Hur” used matte paintings, while movies like “Glory Road” have used inflatable extras. Today, duplication and CGI are the most frequently used techniques. On the Apple TV series “Ted Lasso,” Barnstorm VFX had the daunting challenge of filling a 26,000-seat stadium using a mix of real and fake people. As Barnstorm VFX supervisor Lawson Deming told us, it’s the mix of the two that best convinces the viewer.

Kaala – Makuta VFX

As the principal vendor on this film, Makuta was involved in the set design decisions, drastically reducing the overall VFX budget through our on-set shoot supervision, LiDAR scanning of the entire 800m long set and providing “invisible” visual effects to recreate the 3D -Dharavi slums of Mumbai on the Chennai set location. Through compositing, which we supervised and executed to fully 3D extension and our custom “DURT” system to degrade the visibly too-clean set build, we produced hundreds of visual effects shots from rig removal, fire augmentation through fire and debris simulations, 3D building and bridge extension and replacements, hoarding and cleanup, all within a matter on months. A very challenging project with the sheer amount of detail needed to recreate the environment but we pulled it off!

Waterman – Trailer

Watch the trailer for Waterman, the upcoming documentary about five-time Olympic medalist and native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. It explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and father of modern-day surfing. The documentary is narrated by Jason Mamoa and features interviews with Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Jack Johnson, Duane DeSoto, and Laird Hamilton.

How ‘No Time To Die’ Pulled Off James Bond’s Opening Chase – Insider

The opening action sequence of “No Time To Die” finds James Bond racing through the streets of Matera, Italy. Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, who has worked on 007 classics like “GoldenEye” and “Skyfall,” explains how the crew loaded the Aston Martin DB5 with gadgets, made a pristine vehicle look damaged, and how pouring soda helped cars and motorcycles speed through ancient cobblestone streets.

How Realistic Animatronics Are Made For Movies & TV – Insider

Spectral Motion has been making animatronic puppets for movies and TV shows since 2002. Even if they don’t fully end up in the final shot, they can make for great references for both visual effects artists and the actors in front of the camera. Spectral Motion’s head of animatronics, Mark Setrakian, takes the characters sculpted and painted by the company’s artists and gives them the most realistic movements possible. This has included making giant troll hands compress and handle objects for “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” manipulating robotic bits and foam skin to make a wolflike snarl for “Lady in the Water,” and making the Demogorgon’s face petals move on the first season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Advancements in technology allowed Spectral Motion to push the kinds of terrifying movements it gave to the animatronic White Spike puppet who would be acting alongside Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski in “The Tomorrow War.”

How ‘Dune’ Composer Hans Zimmer Created the Oscar-Winning Score – Vanity Fair

“Something I wanted to always do. Invent instruments that don’t exist. Invent sounds that don’t exist.” Hans Zimmer, ‘Dune’ composer, gives his in-depth analysis and insider’s look at how the score was created for Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 film. Dune earned Hans Zimmer an Oscar for Best Original Score at the 2022 Academy Awards.

Memory – Trailer

Memory follows Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson), an expert assassin with a reputation for discreet precision. Caught in a moral quagmire, Alex refuses to complete a job that violates his code and must quickly hunt down and kill the people who hired him before they and FBI agent Vincent Serra (Guy Pearce) find him first. Alex is built for revenge but, with a memory that is beginning to falter, he is forced to question his every action, blurring the line between right and wrong.

The Bubble – Trailer

Check out the fun trailer for The Bubble, an upcoming comedy movie from director Judd Apatow. The movie follows a group of actors and actresses stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel as they try to finish filming a movie about flying dinosaurs.

Why Dune’s Editing Feels Different

Adapting Dune for the screen was a big challenge that pushed Director Denis Villeneuve and Editor Joe Walker, ACE to use a slightly unconventional approach to editing in the film. In this video I breakdown how Walker works within the “montage mode” of editing to tell the film’s story efficiently and powerfully.

Spider-Man – No Way Home – Digital Domain

For the highly-anticipated Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ film Spider-Man: No Way Home, Digital Domain VFX Supervisor Scott Edelstein and his team of artists were tasked with digitally creating the Alexander Hamilton Bridge and parts of New York City, along with Spider-Man, Doc Ock and his tentacles, Sandman, Green Goblin and more. The team also created visual effects for the epic Doc Ock and Spider-Man bridge fight along with the battle at Happy’s condo.

In total, Digital Domain contributed over 520 shots, along with over 600 unique assets, including vehicles, full environments, props and more. Our team of artists also created 14 hero character builds and 19 digi-doubles for the film.

The Adam Project – Netflix

The Adam Project’s Zoe Saldaña (Laura) is joined by director Shawn Levy and VFX Supervisor Alessandro Ongaro to break down the best action scenes in the film. Learn behind-the-scenes secrets of the backyard fight with Ryan Reynolds (Big Adam) and the car chase through the forest, along with designing the futuristic look of the Time Jet.

Top Gun – Maverick

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

The Sea Beast

From Academy Award winning filmmaker Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero Six), THE SEA BEAST takes us to where the map ends, and the true adventure begins. Starring Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dan Stevens and Kathy Burke.

In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes – and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he’s saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.

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