2011 VFX Preview
Rob Marshall (Chicago) takes over for Gore Verbinski in helming the fourth sequel to Disney's popular Pirates franchise -- and the first in 3-D from Cinesite. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) go after the fountain of youth only to discover that Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and an old flame (Penelope Cruz) are after it too. Can't wait to see how ILM raises its game (this time under the supervision of Ben Snow) along with support from MPC, and PLF.
Every Terrence Malick film is an event and this one appears to be a summary statement about the mystical relationship between humanity and nature: the loss of innocence for a young boy growing up in Texas in the '50s becomes an existential journey into the labyrinth of life in adulthood (played by Sean Penn) and the discovery of the miraculous. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain co-star. VFX is overseen by Dan Glass with assistance by the legendary Doug Trumbull, and vendors include Double Negative, Prime Focus, Method Studios and others.
Ryan Reynolds plays the DC superhero imbued with otherworldly powers thanks to a mystical ring and entrusted with policing the universe with an intergalactic squadron. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directs; Karen Goulekas and Kent Houston are the overall supervisors, with Sony Pictures Imageworks leading the vfx charge (spearheaded by Jim Berney) and support from Rising Sun Pictures and others.
Michael Bay's third go-around takes inspiration from Pink Floyd, as the Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon and try to beat the Decepticons in learning its secrets and gaining advantage in their final battle. ILM is back with new tweaks under Scott Farrar's leadership and Digital Domain lends support as well with others.