5 visual stories from 5 VFX Oscar nominees

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Over the past year I’ve been able to cover the visual effects in all of the films nominated for the VFX Oscar – Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, The Last Jedi, and War for the Planet of the Apes. Now in this special series of visual stories, I’m pin-pointing a specific scene or character from each nominated film with just one of the nominees from that movie. Find the stories below:

How the orange haze of Blade Runner 2049’s Las Vegas meant 13 hour renders

The story behind those crazy dioramas in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Inside Kong: Skull Island’s final battle

The making of The Last Jedi’s crystal foxes

The art of translating humans to apes

The story behind those crazy dioramas in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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A unique scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has Ego (Kurt Russell) explaining to the Guardians his history of universe travel and his many lovers. This is told in a sequence featuring visual effects by Animal Logic, which created 3D picture dioramas with characters inside resembling almost porcelhine-like statues.

Academy Award nominee Christopher Townsend was the overall visual effects supervisor for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The other Oscar nominees for visual effects for that film are Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick. Here Townsend outlines the creative process behind the dioramas, including the false start in their design.

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