For the sequence in "Avatar" most similar in sheer jaw-dropping spectacle to the sinking of the RMS Titanic, look no further than the destruction of Hometree.
After blowing up the White House in "Independence Day" and flooding New York in "The Day After Tomorrow," Roland Emmerich manages to top his earlier disaster scenarios in "2012."
"The Damned United" is a great sports movie that's really about the kind of epic failure that leads to humility and greater success.
Compositing isn't the most glamorous of visual effects tasks, but it's among the most essential.
"I think the intention was that this is supposed to be a ride," says vfx supervisor Scott Farrar. "It's a battle movie but it's still the reluctant hero..."
Part of the challenge in presenting "Half-Blood Prince" is simply making sure the voters understand how much of what they see onscreen is visual effects.
Walking through Skywalker Sound 20-odd years ago, Christopher Boyes ran into Gary Rydstrom, who was buried working on "A River Runs Through It" and "Single White Female."
A generation ago, a brand new sound could be heard on playgrounds around the globe, as kids swung imaginary light sabers during mock battles between the Empire and the Rebels.
After sharing an editing credit on "Titanic" with two other people, helmer James Cameron planned on cutting "Avatar" by himself.
In his presentation, Volker Engel will showcase the "incredible variety of natural disasters in extremely different landscapes."
"The Princess and the Frog" score has been ruled ineligible by the Academy music-branch.