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The rise and fall of San Francisco 2259 in Star Trek Into Darkness (Oscar FX, Part 4)

February 28th, 2014 · No Comments

The fourth installment of my “Oscar Effects” series this year deals with the creation — and subsequent destruction — of the city of San Francisco in the year 2259 during the events of Star Trek Into Darkness. While the creation of a realistic, futuristic city presents its own batch of problems, the destruction of the […]

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Going locomotive in The Lone Ranger (Oscar FX, Part 3)

February 27th, 2014 · No Comments

For the third article in my 2014 “Oscar Effects” series, I looked at the wild locomotive scenes that book-end Disney’s The Lone Ranger. Both set pieces — especially the closing scene — are some of the best train sequences I’ve ever seen on the big screen, so it was an easy decision to make them […]

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Creating Iron Man 3′s Iron Legion (Oscar FX, Part 2)

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

In the second installment of this year’s “Oscar Effects” series, I took a deep dive into the VFX responsible for the climactic battle in Iron Man 3 that featured an army of armored suits battling a group of super-powered soldiers while simultaneously assisting Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in a rescue attempt. It was an […]

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Building a better dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Oscar FX, Part 1)

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments

My “Oscar Effects” series is back for a second year at Digital Trends, and once again I’m taking an in-depth look at each Academy Award nominee in the “Visual Effects” category and focusing on a particular element that makes each film stand out from the other nominees. The series kicked off this week with a […]

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A look back at 60 years of Godzilla in movies…

February 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Godzilla returns to theaters in a few months, and as someone who grew up watching the big guy brawl with all manner of monster and semi-sentient robot (I’m looking at you, Jet Jaguar), I’m having a tough time containing my excitement about the upcoming film. I’m sure I’ll be writing a lot about the ol’ […]

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