Posts: Review

Review: Cheaper by the Dozen 2

by malducin

In Cheaper by the Dozen 2, director Adam Shankman has the Baker clan get together one last time for a family vacation during Labor Day weekend where they encounter the Murtaugh clan intent on showing off they're the better family. ILM contributed some VFX work to enhance this family comedy.

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Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by malducin

Director Andrew Adamson faced the titanic task of bringing to life the classic C.S. Lewis children's tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. To bring the tale tale of good vs evil in a land of talking animals and fantastic creatures to life, Overall VFX Supervisor Dean Wright assembled a team composed of Rhythm and Hues, Imageworks and ILM among others.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by malducin

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire represents a transition point for the franchise about the boy wizard. Not only does he have to finally confront his nemesis while dealing with puberty, but the series for the first time has been handled by a British director, Mike Newell. Jim Mitchell and Tim Burke once again serve as Overall VFX Supervisors of an all star VFX cast that includes ILM, Framestore/CFC, MPC, Double Negative, Cinesite Europe, Rising Sun Pictures, The Orphanage, BUF and Animal Logic.

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Review: Chicken Little

by malducin

Mark Dindal's Chicken Little, the story of a chicken that cries that the heaven is falling, marks Disney's departure from their classic 2D (cell) films into computer generated ones. ILM, under the supervision of Joel Aron, helped create the 3D (stereo) version of the film.

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Review: The Island

by malducin

The Island is Michael Bay's latest high gloss action/science fiction film about the thorny issues of human cloning and the power of science. ILM provided the VFX under the supervision of Eric Brevig, who previously worked with the director on Pearl Harbor.

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Review: War of the Worlds

by malducin

War of the Worlds is a modern day adaptation of H.G. Wells classic novel by director Steven Spielberg. This tale of alien invasion and survival had been on Spielberg's list for years. The out of this world VFX work was provided by ILM under the supervision of Senior VFX Supervisor Dennis Muren, VFX Supervisor Pablo Helman and Animation Supervisor Randy Dutra (who specifically came back for this project at Spielberg's request).

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Review: Herbie: Fully Loaded

by malducin

Herbie: Fully Loaded, directed by Angela Robinson, is the latest entry on the Love Bug series. This time Number 53 helps a family with a fledging NASCAR team. A multitude of houses, including CIS, Entity FX, Hammerhead, ILM, Lola Visual Effects and Pixel Magic, contributed to the VFX work under the overall supervision of John Van Vliet.

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Review: The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

by malducin

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D takes us on a wild imaginative ride through the eyes of a kid with his "imaginary friends". Robert Rodriguez again explores the possibilities of digital cinema doing a 360 from the adult-themed Sin City to this very kid oriented feature.

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Review: Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

by malducin

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the last film in the saga by director/writer George Lucas, represents the culmination, both narratively and technically, of the prequel saga. John Knoll and Roger Guyett served as the VFX supervisors with Rob Coleman supervised the animation, where they bring to life this world to depict the fall of Anakin Skywalker and the rise of the Empire.

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Review: The Amityville Horror

by malducin

In The Amityville Horror, directed by Andrew Douglas, a family is terrorized by evil spirits when they move to a new house in Long Island. Asylum VFX under the supervision of Sean Andrew Faden and ILM under the supervision of Roger Guyett were in charge of the VFX work.

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Review: xXx: State of the Union

by malducin

xXx: State of the Union, directed by Lee Tamahori, is the sequel to the Vin Diesel 2002 vehicle. This time around Ice Cube is the new outlaw secret agent trying to thwart a coup d'état in the US. Scott Farrar served as the VFX supervisor with work provided by ILM, POV, Pacific Title, Hydraulx and Tweak Films.

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Review: The Pacifier

by malducin

The Pacifier, directed by Adam Shankman, is Vin Diesel's first foray into straight comedy, about how special forces officer deal with Suburbia, more or less following the footsteps of Schwarzenegger and other action stars. ILM provided minor VFX work under the supervision of Scott Farrar and Pablo Helman.

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Review: Son of the Mask

by malducin

Son of the Mask, directed by Larry Guterman, is the long delayed sequel to the classic The Mask on which ILM worked as well. James Price served as Overall VFX Supervisor with the main VFX provided by ILM, under the supervision of Ed Hirsh, Christophe Hery and Tom Bertino, and Tippett Studio under the supervision of Thomas Schelesny.

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Review: Are We There Yet?

by malducin

Are We There Yet? is the latest comedy film from director Brian Levant, who previously worked with ILM on The Flintstones. VFX were provide by The Jim Henson Creature Shop, ILM, Radium and CafeFX. ILM's contribution was supervised by Stefen Fangmeier with animation supervised by Hal Hickel.

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Review: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

by malducin

Director Brad Silberling once again has teamed with ILM to bring to life a quirky children's fable to the screen in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. VFX Supervisor Stefen Fangmeier was in charge of bringing to life the wide array of bizarre locales and offbeat creatures, with Colin Brady supervising animation. But the highlight of the film is the subtle work involving Sunny.

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Review: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

by malducin

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a retro tribute to the old sci-fi serials by first time helmer Kerry Conran. The film was totally filmed in blue screen stages with minimal set pieces and props. Overall VFX Supervisors Darin Hollings and Scott E. Anderson, a former ILM member, were charged in creating a complete retro-futurist 1930s world full of mechanical wonders and rampaging robots with the help of an army of VFX facilities, which included ILM under the supervision of Tim Alexander.

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Review: The Village

by malducin

The Village is M. Night Shyamalan latest thriller which this time explores how mythical creatures affect the people of an apparently utopian little town in rural Pennsylvania. The extremely invisible VFX work was provided by Illusion Arts under the supervision of Syd Dutton and ILM under the supervision of Eric Brevig.

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Review: The Bourne Supremacy

by malducin

The Bourne Supremacy by Paul Greengrass is the sequel to the surprise hit The Bourne Identity. Once again ILM provides minimal invisible VFX work, supervised by Pablo Helman and Mark Casey.

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Review: The Chronicles of Riddick

by malducin

The Chronicles of Riddick is David Twohy's big budget follow up to his own surprise hit Pitch Black. This time the more expansive environments and action pieces were accomplished mainly by Double Negative, Rhythm and Hues and Hammerhead, under the supervision of Peter Chiang. ILM had a small contribution under the supervision of Pablo Helman.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by malducin

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third installment in the saga and was directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The VFX spectacle was provided by ILM, Cinesite Europe, Framestore/CFC, The Moving Picture Company, Double Negative and a few other facilities under the supervision of Tim Burke and ILM's own Roger Guyett.

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