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July 2015

Linda Romanello
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Summer Movies: 'Pixels'
Published: July 3, 2015

In Columbia Pictures’ new comedy Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus (his first major feature in five years), aliens misinterpret US video feeds of 1980s classic arcade games as the Earth’s declaration of war. In response, they attack the planet, in the 3D forms of iconic game characters, such as Pac-Man, Centipede, Galaga, Q*bert, Donkey Kong, Tetris, and Frogger. The President (played by Kevin James) calls on his old school chums and game masters (led by Adam Sandler) to head off the attack. Game on!
Summer Movies: 'San Andreas'
Published: July 3, 2015

Earlier this summer, Warner Bros. Pictures took on the disaster film genre with director Brad Peyton’s San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson. Shaking up the box office early on, the film grossed more than $134M at press time, and looks to end up as a season winner.
Primetime: Starz's 'Outlander'
Published: June 17, 2015

In Starz's original series, Outlander, 18th century Scotland is alive and well — and looking better than ever. With its expansive highlands, authentic Scottish castles, and lush valleys wrapped in a thick mist, it’s hard to believe the show is actually shot in the 21st century. But thanks to its high-quality production team (production design, cinematography, costumes, editing, etc.) and the outstanding work of VFX supervisor Jonathan Privett and the artists at UK’s Double Negative (Dneg), 1743 Scotland couldn’t look more real. And, according to Privett, keeping it real was one of the early mandates from show producers.
VFX: Cinesite shakes things up for 'San Andreas'
Published: June 1, 2015

Last summer, Into The Storm followed a series of tornadoes as they wreaked havoc across the town of Silverton, OK. This summer, Warner Bros. Pictures takes on the disaster film genre with director Brad Peyton’s  San Andreas (starring Dwayne Johnson) that looks to be shaking up the box office as the weekend numbers winner and perhaps ending up as one of the season’s big Hollywood VFX flicks.
Edit This!: Universal's 'Pitch Perfect 2'
Published: May 18, 2015

It’s been three years since the Barden Bellas a cappella’d their way to championship status in Universal’s 2012 surprise hit, Pitch Perfect. With a film that grossed more than $64M at the box office and had built a strong cult following, it only makes sense that co-producer Elizabeth Banks would go for a repeat performance, this time taking the wheel as director and returning, along with leading Bellas Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow, for the sequel,  Pitch Perfect 2.
Primetime: AMC's 'Mad Men'
Published: May 18, 2015

For the past eight seasons, AMC’s Mad Men has been bringing viewers back to the 1960’s, maintaining the period’s authentic look with, according to Blake McCormick, producer in charge of post production, an almost “obsessive-compulsive” approach.
Prime Focus World handles stereo conversion for 'Avengers'
Published: May 7, 2015

In the May issue of Post magazine, and here online, we are offering readers extensive coverage of the VFX and previs/post work studios such as ILM, Trixter and The Third Floor completed for the summer blockbuster,  Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here, in a Web exclusive,  Post speaks with Richard Baker, senior stereo supervisor of Prime Focus World, on his studio’s stereo 3D contributions to the film that has earned a whopping $200M+ thus far.
Previs helps Joss Whedon realize VFX vision for 'Avengers'
Published: May 6, 2015

LOS ANGELES — As previs/postvis supervisor at The Third Floor (, working on such Hollywood blockbusters as The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and  Thor, Gerardo Ramirez has plenty to say about the important role that previs and postvis played in Marvel’s newest  Avengersoffering, directed by Joss Whedon.
VFX For TV: 'Agent Carter'
Published: April 6, 2015

Born from Marvel’s blockbuster Captain America film franchise was heroine and military officer Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell. The character has been so popular with moviegoers that she earned her own starring eight-episode run on ABC in  Marvel’s Agent Carter, which recently wrapped (episodes are available through iTunes, Hulu and on-demand) and looks to be grabbing a spot in the newest  Avengers sequel,  Avengers: Age of Ultron, coming out in May, as well as Marvel’s  Ant-Man, to be released this summer.
VFX For TV: 'Penny Dreadful'
Published: April 6, 2015

Bringing to television some of literature’s creepiest characters — including Dorian Grey, Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, a feast of vampires, and a black spider with a key role — is creator John Logan’s Showtime drama/horror series, Penny Dreadful. With Season 2 set to premiere next month, the show, which takes place in Victorian-era London, stars Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett as the mysterious Vanessa Ives, explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (respectively), who come together to face off against a variety of supernatural threats. With visual effects support from Toronto’s Mr. X (via post vendor Take 5 Productions, also Toronto based), James Cooper, VFX supervisor on the series, says there’s quite a bit of environmental work, such as set extensions, green screens and matte paintings, required to turn Dublin, where the show is shot, into Victorian London.
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