Fall VFX Movie Preview 2011
2. Immortals (Relativity Media, Nov. 11)
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Tarsem Singh brings his unique visual style to this fantasy-infused tale of Greek warrior Theseus as he battles against imprisoned titans. VFX supervisor Raymond Gieringer was in charge of helping the filmmaker bring his vision to life. What does this film have in store for us? Massive sword battles, flaming whips, glowing arrows, flying gods, massive tidal waves. And that's just what was in the trailer. Presented in alpha order the vfx houses are BarXseven, Christov Effects and Design, Image Engine Design, Modus Fx, NeoReel, Prime Focus, Proof, Red/Fake Studios, ReThink VFX, Rodeo FX, ScanlineVFX, The Third Floor, Tippett Studio and XYZ-RGB.
1. Real Steel (Walt Disney/DreamWorks, Oct. 7)
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This is Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots on acid and Red Bull. Set in the future where human boxing has been banned and replaced with robot fighting, an ex-fighter teams with estranged son to brings a run-down bot back into fighting condition. Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy brings this futuristic sports flick to the screen. Digital Domain leads the effects house, which also includes Giant Studios and Legacy Effects. Can they up the ante on ILM's Transformers 3 robot? I'm sure they'll give it a fighting chance.
Rick DeMott is the director of content for Animation World Network, VFXWorld and AWNtv. Additionally, he's the creator of the movie review site, Rick's Flicks Picks, which was recently named one of the 100 best movie blogs by The Daily Reviewer. He has written for TV series, such as Discovery Kids' Growing Up Creepie and Cartoon Network's Pet Alien, the animation history book Animation Art, and the humor, absurdist and surrealist website Unloosen. Previously, he held various production and management positions in the entertainment industry.