How the beach scene in ‘Contact’ went down to the wire

Yesterday I posted an interview with Contact’s visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston about his work on the film, which is now 20 years old. This included the incredible mirror shot, and for that high speed compositing supervisor Sheena Duggal also weighed-in on how that shot was made at Imageworks. Well, Sheena has now also provided…

The famous mirror shot in ‘Contact’ was almost something else entirely

Visual effects artists and aficionados are often asked which movie or shot was their biggest influence, a question that regularly evokes a response about films like Star Wars, Blade Runner or Jurassic Park. Those films, of course, are all milestones in the VFX world. But in recent years, if that kind of question has come up…