Tag: Special Effects
In his book ‘The Great Movies: Volume 2’, Roger Ebert wrote that “King Kong is the father of Jurassic Park, the Alien movies, and countless other stories where the heroes are terrified by skillful special effects”. In volume 1, he wrote that “Star Wars was a technological watershed that influenced many of the movies that came after.” In this article, Cinelinx looks at an 82 year old monster movie and a 38 year old space opera, in order to determine which is the seminal film in the evolution of movies in regard to setting the path for the modern era.
The blend of CGI and live action is a common thing in today’s films, but that wasn’t always the case. The bullet train chase sequence in Mission: Impossible is one of the earliest sequences to use computer enhancement, and interestingly, is still one of the best. Join us as we explain why.
George Lucas’ Star Wars Prequels did a lot of things for the special effects industry, being among the first films to feature thousands of digitally enhanced shots, while also introducing the idea of the first CG supporting cast members. But for all the good they did for the industry in moving VFX forward, many fans have decried the Prequels’ use of computer images throughout the trilogy. Today, with our look at CGI in movies, I’m taking a look at why the Prequels; use of CG hasn’t sat well with people and caused so much uproar.
Star Wars is important not just as a pop culture phenomenon, but also because the original trilogy was so innovative in its storytelling and production. Here is a list commemorating the top 25 aspects of movie making that Star Wars has forever changed.
To celebrate the release of TRON Legacy on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5, The Movie Pool recently had the chance to sit in on Q&A sessions with the Oscar-winning minds behind the sensational visual effects in the film. The first Q&A, with Oscar-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Eric Barba, can be viewed right here. Our second Q&A is with Steve Preeg of Digital Domain, the Head of Animation for TRON Legacy. Preeg won an Oscar for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His other credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Flags of Our Fathers, I, Robot, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and King Kong. Preeg (center in the picture below) is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
To celebrate the release of TRON Legacy on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5, The Movie Pool recently had the chance to sit in on Q&A sessions with the Oscar-winning minds behind the sensational visual effects in the film. The first is with TRON Legacy Visual Effects Supervisor Eric Barba of Digital Domain. Barba won an Academy Award (shown below) for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It is one of many David Fincher-directed projects that Barba has worked on, including Zodiac and a number of his commercials. His other credits include The Fifth Element and Supernova.