Halo – MPC

MPC helped bring the much-loved Halo video game to life for fans and new audiences across world, via Paramount+’s new TV series adaptation, which was released on 24th March 2022. Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, Halo the series weaves personal stories with a large dose of action, adventure, and a richly imagined vision of the future.

Foundation – Season 1 – Spin VFX

Based on the award-winning novels by Issac Asimov, Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.

VFX Supervisor Jeff Campbell, Supervising Producer Carrie Richardson, and VFX Producer Aakashi Patolawala brought this vision to life through earth-shattering explosions, detailed futuristic aircrafts, and out of the world views.

Foundation won 2 awards from 3 nominations at VES 2022, including the award for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode” and “Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project”.

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.

Ice Age – Scrat Tales

“Ice Age: Scrat Tales” is a series of six all-new animated shorts starring Scrat, the hapless saber-toothed squirrel of the “Ice Age” adventures, who experiences the ups and downs of fatherhood, as he and the adorable, mischievous Baby Scrat, alternately bond with each other and battle for ownership of the highly treasured Acorn

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.”

Outer Range – Trailer

Outer Range centers on Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness. A thrilling fable with hints of wry humor and supernatural mystery, Outer Range examines how we grapple with the unknown.

Our Flag Means Death – Trailer

The unique new comedy is loosely based on the true adventures of 18th century would-be pirate, Stede Bonnet, played by Rhys Darby. After trading in his comfortable life for one of a buccaneer, Stede becomes captain of a pirate ship, but struggles to earn the respect of his potentially mutinous crew. Stede’s fortunes change after a fateful run-in with the infamous Captain Blackbeard, played by Taika Waititi.

Moon Knight – Big Game TV Spot

See the all-new Big Game TV Spot for Marvel Studios’ #MoonKnight 🌙, an Original series streaming March 30, only on Disney+.

The story follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.

“Moon Knight” stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy. Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Grant Curtis, Brad Winderbaum, Oscar Isaac, Mohamed Diab and Jeremy Slater are the executive producers, with Trevor Waterson and Rebecca Kirsch serving as co-executive producers. Jeremy Slater is the head writer.

The Witcher – Season 2 – Basilisk – Cinesite

The three terrifying Basilisks which feature in the final episode of The Witcher’s second season, are some of the deadliest creatures our hero has ever encountered. Developing the look of them was a year-long journey for Cinesite’s team.

Despite being assembled from a range of creatures’ anatomy, the Basilisks needed to look and move cohesively, with the animators carefully integrating them with the stunning on set fight choreography. On top of all that, they required fur, feathers AND scales – quite the challenge! Find out more about Cinesite’s work on The Witcher S2 here cinesite.com/the-witcher-2/

Around the World in 80 Days – Episode 4 – MPC Film & Episodic

Around the World in 80 Days is an epic journey that takes place over eight 47-minute episodes. Like its main character, the series, created by Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson, will travel the world. It is produced by Slim Film + Television (UK) and Federation Entertainment (FR), as well as by the European Alliance formed by France Télévisions, ZDF (Germany), and RAI (Italy), and a dozen other productions based around the world.

Under the overall supervision of Jean-Louis Autret, and the leadership of VFX producer Delphine Lasserre and VFX supervisor Hugues Namur, MPC Film & Episodic’s teams in Paris and Bangalore worked on nearly 350 VFX shots, creating visual effects to reflect the historical reality of the time and environments.

Around the World in 80 Days – Episode 3 – MPC Film & Episodic

Around the World in 80 Days is an epic journey that takes place over eight 47-minute episodes. Like its main character, the series, created by Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson, will travel the world. It is produced by Slim Film + Television (UK) and Federation Entertainment (FR), as well as by the European Alliance formed by France Télévisions, ZDF (Germany), and RAI (Italy), and a dozen other productions based around the world.

Under the overall supervision of Jean-Louis Autret, and the leadership of VFX producer Delphine Lasserre and VFX supervisor Hugues Namur, MPC Film & Episodic’s teams in Paris and Bangalore worked on nearly 350 VFX shots, creating visual effects to reflect the historical reality of the time and environments.

The Stand – Season 1

THE STAND is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

The Lord of the Rings – The Rings of Power – Title Announcement

Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

Around the World in 80 Days – Episode 2 – MPC Film

Around the World in 80 Days is an epic journey that takes place over eight 47-minute episodes. Like its main character, the series, created by Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson, will travel the world. It is produced by Slim Film + Television (UK) and Federation Entertainment (FR), as well as by the European Alliance formed by France Télévisions, ZDF (Germany), and RAI (Italy), and a dozen other productions based around the world.

Under the overall supervision of Jean-Louis Autret, and the leadership of VFX producer Delphine Lasserre and VFX supervisor Hugues Namur, MPC Film & Episodic’s teams in Paris and Bangalore worked on nearly 350 VFX shots, creating visual effects to reflect the historical reality of the time and environments.

WandaVision – Season 1 – FX Simulation – ILM

Go Behind the Magic for a glimpse at the FX Simulation work that went into Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision”, streaming now on Disney+.

Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision” blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

WandaVision – Season 1 – Compositing – ILM

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision”, we’re thrilled to show you a glimpse at the Compositing work that went into the series. All episodes are streaming now on Disney+.

Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision” blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

Raised By Wolves – Season 2

In season two of RAISED BY WOLVES, Android partners Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim), along with their brood of six human children, join a newly formed atheistic colony in Kepler 22 b’s mysterious tropical zone. But navigating this strange new society is only the start of their troubles as Mother’s “natural child” threatens to drive what little remains of the human race to extinction.

How “His Dark Materials” Used Puppets And CGI To Create Realistic Animals

Award-winning VFX company Framestore produced a number of daemons and polar bears for the HBO/BBC series “His Dark Materials.” The project was overseen by senior effects designer Russell Dodgson. 

The team worked alongside studio Painting Practice to cast many of the creatures in the series, which were then brought to life by Puppetry legend William Todd-Jones. 

For close-ups, some of the puppets like Lyra’s daemon Pan, were sculpted heads. Other slinky-body styles of puppet were used for quadrupedal or bipedal animals. Some “flappy” puppets were used for daemons that were in flight or had to land on actors’ arms.

When actors needed to demonstrate the weight of daemons, the team made gray furry cushions called bucks. These had weight and shape to make it look like actors were holding daemons or pressing their face to them.  

For the polar bears, a series of large rigs were made. There was the “basher bear” to ram into stunt people and push actors to the ground, a riding rig for Dafne Keen (Lyra) to sit on, a backpack rig for her to get on top of someone’s shoulders, and a four-legged fiberglass standing puppet to show a polar bear’s height. The team also used a “couch bear,” which was a gray buck to lean against. 

Even though the animals look incredibly real, the only “animal actor” on set belonged to Ariyon Bakare’s Lord Boreal and is played by an actual snake.

We caught up with Russell at Framestore in London to explain the process.

Peacemaker – Red Band Trailer

Peacemaker will explore the origins of the character that John Cena first portrayed in James Gunn’s 2021 film, The Suicide Squad – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.

The series stars John Cena as Peacemaker, Danielle Brooks as Adebayo, Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, Jennifer Holland as Harcourt, Steve Agee as Economos, Chukwudi Iwuji as Murn and Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith.

Gunn wrote all eight episodes of Peacemaker and directed five, including the first. Gunn, Safran and Matt Miller serve as executive producers on the series, with Cena as co-executive producer. Based on characters from DC, Peacemaker is produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Peacemaker debuts exclusively on HBO Max on January 13, 2022. Three episodes of Peacemaker launch in January 13 followed by one episode weekly through February 17.

Lost in Space – Season 3 – Teaser Trailer

In the third and final season of Lost in Space, the stakes are higher than ever and the Robinson family’s survival instincts will be put to the ultimate test. After a year of being trapped on a mysterious planet, Judy, Penny, Will, and the Robot must lead the 97 young Colonists in a harrowing evacuation — but not before secrets are unearthed that will change their lives forever. Meanwhile, John and Maureen — with Don at their side — must battle overwhelming odds as they try to reunite with their kids. The Robinsons will have to grapple with the emotional challenge of not just being lost — but being separated from the ones they love… as they face the greatest alien threat yet. Lost in Space Season 3 premieres Wednesday, December 1, only on Netflix.

The White Lotus – Recommended Watch

About the Show
A social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort, The White Lotus follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel’s cheerful employees, and the idyllic locale itself

Where to Watch it : HBO
Number of Episodes : 6

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