In this new article for Cartoon Brew, I go through with Framestore animation supervisor Pablo Grillo how the studio crafted Paddington.
For VFX Voice magazine, I looked back at some of the big ticket innovations ILM introduced with each Star Wars film. Loved the history here.
What a thrill to chat to ILM vfx supe Ben Morris about The Last Jedi (we did this a few months before the film was out – it was tough!). VFX Voice magazine has the story.
Anyone who saw Jumanji in the 90s knew that CG and VFX was already changing films forever. I got to chat to former ILM animation supervisor and now director Kyle Balda about his work on it, for VFX Voice magazine.
Recently, I was able to interview several of the effects filmmakers behind Guillermo del Toro’s amazing The Shape of Water. You can check those pieces out at VFX Voice and Cartoon Brew. The film has also been shortlisted in the final 10 movies for consideration for the visual effects Oscar, and will be at the VFX…
Space battles are synonymous with Star Wars films. The original trilogy is fondly remembered for ILM’s use of motion control and miniatures. These days, like on The Last Jedi, digital ship models, photorealistic rendering and simulated crashes and explosions are of course the norm. But to ensure the space battles in this latest Star Wars adventure…
One of my favourite articles to write this year: a look at The Shape of Water effects with Legacy and Mr. X, for VFX Voice magazine.
Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is one of the 10 films short-listed for the VFX Oscar. I’ve covered several aspects of the film so far including with overall visual effects supervisor John Nelson, but here is a brand new interview with Double Negative visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert. DNEG was responsible for views of future…
The January 2018 issue of VFX Voice has a piece I wrote on Oats Studios, Neill Blomkamp’s experimental outfit.
It was such a pleasure to be able to interview Bong Joon-ho, the director of Okja, about his experience with VFX on the film. Check it out at Cartoon Brew.
The latest VFX Voice magazine – January 2018 – has a whole bunch of features I was able to contribute to, and I’ll run through them over the next few days. First up is a piece looking at the VFX Oscar contenders.
Scenes of ships darting across a salt flat-like looking environment and tearing up shards of red crystals permeated the early trailers for The Last Jedi. But what was this world, and what was the major battle teased there? The final film revealed the location to be Crait, the location of an old Rebel base where…
The moment Rey and Kylo Ren take on Snoke’s Elite Praetorian Guard’s is one of the many highlights from Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. I’ll have more on how Industrial Light & Magic crafted Snoke soon, but here’s overall visual effects supervisor Ben Morris on how that lightsaber fight scene, which was overseen by ILM…
In the coming days I’ll have a bunch of coverage of the visual effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, based on a visit I made to ILM London just before Christmas. First up is a look at that stunning and surprising hyperspace moment when Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) slams the Raddus –…
Check out the new issue of 3D World magazine – I had such a fun time working on stories about The Last Jedi, Massive’s new horse and rider agent, and about Houdini’s procedural toolsets.
I’ve had a lot of fun over the years writing about invisible fx work, and this new piece at VFX Voice’s website covers Image Engine’s work in Detroit, Chimney’s Atomic Blonde vfx and Dneg’s seamless Baby Driver augmentations.
Go and see Paddington 2. Just see it. It’s so good. Here’s a look at how Framestore pulled off that cool pop-up book sequence, at VFX Voice.
For Cartoon Brew, I talked to vfx supervisor James E. Price about the miniaturization work in Downsizing. Loved this film.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has incredible CG work, but also a host of other visual effects. Check out my coverage at Cartoon Brew.
Combining effects can be the best kind of effects. Read my behind the scenes look at the film at Cartoon Brew.