2010 VFX Preview
Now that 2010 is in full swing, we here at VFXWorld wanted to take a look at what is coming this year in visual effects. Big effects spectacles aren't just the domain of May through August anymore. Many of the films we're highlighting this year arrive in the spring and fall.
Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures, March 5)
Tim Burton puts his spin on Lewis Carroll's tales of Alice. Sony Pictures Imageworks, along with Legacy Effects, CafeFX, Matte World Digital, among others, are on board helping the auteur make Wonderland more surreal than it has ever been before. From the vibrantly color environments to the warped perspective of characters like the Red Queen, the film looks like eye candy land. There's no film of the spring that has fans clamoring more furiously for.
With effects from Ray Harryhausen, the original Clash of the Titans was a hallmark of visual effects work for its day. Now Framestore, MPC and Cinesite, with Nick Davis serving as production vfx supervisor, give The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier the tools to bring the epic tale into the world of 21st century spectacle. I don't know about you, but, we're eagerly awaiting what Medusa and the Kraken look like in photoreal CG.
The Harry Potter series has been a bastion of amazing visual effects work. The series pushed the bar on visual effects to new levels through the 2000s and we're certain the final chapter will kick off the 2010s with a bang. One can assume the concluding battle will be saved for 2011, but the search for Horcruxes is on and Harry, Ron and Hermione will have to face some evil magic along way, giving the vfx artists at Cinesite, Double Negative, Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic, The Moving Picture Company and Rising Sun Pictures a lot to work with.
Double Negative leads the charge on bringing Christopher Nolan's new original mind-bending sci-fi thriller to the screen. You've seen the enigmatic trailers. Cities folding in on themselves. Men flipping sideways through the air down a hall. The surface of water in a glass tilting for no reason. What does it all mean? We've only seen a few glimpses and we're already impressed.