2015 VFX Bakeoff Highlights: Tech and Spectacle

Saturday night’s VFX Bakeoff at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater once again demonstrated that technology has freed artists to do anything, global collaboration has improved tremendously, and spectacle still matters.

All 10 reels were well done and looked dazzling on the Academy’s big screen. There were four reels in 3-D (including The Battle of the Five Armies, which truly benefited from the higher frame rate of 48 fps) and Interstellar was the lone film entry at 70mm. The Quicksilver scene from Days of Future Past drew the biggest applause, but there were cheers for others, including Guardians of the Galaxy and Transformers. Speaking of which, ILM’s Scott Farrar had the most humorous presentation in poking fun of Michael Bay and the Transformers franchise while pointing out how bar raising Age of Extinction is.

Given the different pipelines at MPC and Framestore, the most difficult challenge of Guardians was blending Groot and Rocket together.

The fact that both Rob Stromberg (Maleficent) and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) came from VFX might help their cause, but we’ll have to wait and see on Thursday.

Normally, you don’t like to go last, but Interstellar was an exception to the rule, and I still think it’s a race between Apes and Interstellar for the Oscar. But my other predictions for nominations: Guardians,  The Battle of the Five Armies, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Maleficent

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Guardians of the Galaxy

Godzilla

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Interstellar

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Tech, Trailers, Virtual Production

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