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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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Going practical for Prometheus in my final “Oscar Effects” column

February 24th, 2013 · No Comments

My final “Oscar Effects” column for Digital Trends looks at Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel movie, “Prometheus,” and the way the acclaimed director and his team mixed practical and digital effects to create the future tech and terrifying creatures seen in the movie. “Prometheus” is an interesting nominee in the “Visual effects” category for several reasons, […]

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