F/X standouts

A look at pix and their visuals

CASINO ROYALE
Vfx supervisors: Sharon Lark, Diane Kingston, Marianne Speight
Lead shops: AVC Prods., Peerless Camera Co., Double Negative, Baseblack, Fuzzy Goat, Cinesite London, Moving Picture Co.
Buzz factor: Intense action sequences including an airport runway chase and a collapsing Venetian palazzo

CHARLOTTE’S WEB
Vfx supervisors: John Burton
Lead shops: Tippett Studios, Rising Sun, Rhythm & Hues
Buzz factor: State-of-the-art talking critters, including a spider

ERAGON
Vfx supervisors: Samir Hoon, Michael McAlister
Lead shops: Weta Digital, ILM
Buzz factor: The blue dragon Saphira from baby to adult, dragon-riding aerial sequences, the villain Durza’s beast

FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
Vfx supervisors: Matthew Butler
Lead shops: Digital Domain
Buzz factor: “Terraforming” of Iwo Jima, intelligent animation of ships and digital extras, re-creations of Times Square and Soldier Field

THE FOUNTAIN
Vfx supervisors: Jeremy Dawson, Daniel Schrecker
Lead shops: Intelligent Creatures, Buzz Image Group, Mokko Studios, New Deal Studios
Buzz factor: Digitally composited microphotography of chemical reactions for a trippy trip through outer space

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
Vfx supervisors: Roger Guyett
Lead shops: ILM
Buzz factor: The maskmaking sequence, the digital backgrounds for Shanghai, the windmill farm, the bridge

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Vfx supervisors: Jim Rygiel
Lead shops: Rhythm & Hues
Buzz factor: Museum exhibits coming to life, from a T-rex skeleton to miniature men in dioramas

PAN’S LABYRINTH
Vfx supervisors: Everett Burrell, Edward Irastorza
Lead shops: Cafe FX
Buzz factor: The faun, the monster, fantasy insects, a giant toad, realistic battle effects

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST
Vfx supervisors: John Knoll
Lead shops: ILM
Buzz factor: The Kraken, Davy Jones’ tentacle beard and eyes.

POSEIDON
Vfx supervisors: Boyd Shermis
Lead shops: Moving Picture Co., ILM
Buzz factor: An ocean’s worth of water, the CG opening sequence

SUPERMAN RETURNS
Vfx supervisors: Mark Stetson, Rich Hoover, Jon Thum, Neil Corbould
Lead shops: Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues, Framestore CFC, Frantic Films, Rising Sun, the Orphanage
Buzz factor: The shuttle disaster sequence, Luthor’s faceoff with the Man of Steel

V FOR VENDETTA
Vfx supervisors: Dan Glass
Lead shops: Cinesite London
Buzz factor: Demolition of London landmarks, especially the Houses of Parliament

WORLD TRADE CENTER
Vfx supervisors: John Scheele, Mike Ellis, Ron Frankel, Marty Bresin
Lead shops: Double Negative, Giant Killer Robots, Animal Logic
Buzz factor: The towers, fires, chaos of ground zero, hallucinations of the survivors and their rescue

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
Vfx supervisors: John Bruno
Lead shops: Moving Picture Co., CFC Framestore, Weta Digital, Hydraulx/ Lola Visual Effects
Buzz factor: The climactic battle, the fights, the rejuvenation

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