Kill mouths and fridge monsters

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For SYFY WIRE, I got the chance to speak to Rodeo FX about their impressive work for IT. In particular, I love that the VFX in this film never takes over – in fact, there’s a very cool mix of practical and just another digital to tell the terrifying story.

VIEW preview: ‘Guardians Vol. 2’ VFX supe Christopher Townsend talks shot iterations

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It’s not very long until the VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy, which kicks off 23 October. One of the amazing things about this event is the high calibre of speakers – we’re talking major visual effects supervisors, animation directors and leaders in VR and other creative content industries.

Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend is one of those incredible speakers whose keynote on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be a highlight of VIEW. His talk, which will also be presented with Trixter animation supervisor Simone Kraus, is affectionately called, ‘The making of a really colourful movie’ – which is exactly what Guardians Vol. 2 is.

When the film came out, I had a chance to chat to Chris about supervising the VFX – and one thing I asked him was in reference to a post from the director, James Gunn, on a shot that had been approved that was in its 749th iteration. I thought I’d share some of Chris’ thoughts about the iterative nature of VFX. Continue reading VIEW preview: ‘Guardians Vol. 2’ VFX supe Christopher Townsend talks shot iterations

New VFX Voice is out!

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The October 2018 issue of VFX Voice is now out, and includes a bunch of articles I was able to contribute:

The Lego Ninjago Movie – had a chat to Animal Logic about the film.

Blade Runner – talked to chief model maker Mark Stetson about the miniatures for the original film.

VES 70 – collated images and captions for the new group of films making it into the VES’ top VFX list.

American Gods – dived into Cinesite’s work on this amazing TV series.