Reimagining Total Recall
"Wiseman wanted a slightly more unique look for when the hologram activates and then deactivates," Higham suggests. "This was achieved by projecting a geometric pattern of sections which animated up the mesh. Through these sections, parts of the holographic head are revealed and a progressive animation from lower part of the head to the top takes place. Additional distortion effects were applied to the background through sections of the head that had not completed their reveal."
Bill Desowitz is former senior editor of AWN and VFXWorld. He's the owner of the Immersed in Movies blog (www.billdesowitz.com), a regular contributor to Thompson on Hollywood at Indiewire and author of James Bond Unmasked (www.jamesbondunmasked.com), which chronicles the 50-year evolution of 007 on screen and features interviews with all six actors.