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BD: What did you think about Star Trek?
JL: Excellent, especially from the design point of view in the way they created some of the look of the space effects: the nebula and things felt more volumetric and had more of a presence.
BD: And a movie closer to home, District 9?
JL: Yeah, District 9 was like the realism of it -- like a documentary feel: just seeing the big ship hanging out at Johannesburg, the helicopter flying back and forth to it. You felt that was something you would see on a news show if that were to happen. And the way they did the aliens.
BD: You weren't sure they were CG.
JL: That's right: they had a very good performance to them, being really furtive and angry -- they really got into characters.
BD: What are you doing next?
JL: I'm jumping right into Tintin.
BD: Great: I'm looking forward to discussing that.
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.