On Sunday, February 27thThe Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences will present the 83rdAcademy Awards. The elite of Hollywood, filmmakers and stars, will converge on the most special day of the year. This year the Academy Awards will be hosted by actress Anne Hathaway and actor James Franco.
My Oscar nominations are broken down by category. This is in-depth look at each nominated film.
The Movie Awards Examiner’s pick for Best Visual Effects is Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb for the film Inception.
Take a look at the clip to the left of this article to hear from Paul Franklin about the visual effects in Inception.
This year there are five films nominated for Best Visual Effects:
- Alice in Wonderland – Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
- Hereafter – Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell
- Iron Man 2 – Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wrigth and Daniel Sudick
- Inception – Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Special Effects have become an integral part of many of Hollywood’s most current films. Although much more common to be included if films, it does not make the task of creating an imagined existance on film that do not exist in the real world.
In Tim Burton’s, Alice in Wonderland, Ken Ralson, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Philips bring about the amazing world of Wonderland as originally written by Lewis Carroll’s book of the same title. Ralston (founding member of Industrial Light and Magic) and crew had not only the task of creating the world of Wonderland, but many of the characters Alice interacts with are a product of the visual effects. The end-product is a lavish world that would make Lewis Carroll proud.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is also a film built upon a world initially created in novel form. This first part of the last Harry Potter film combines filming in various landscapes, a virtual London in Harry’s world and various characters created by visual effects. The visual effects must match work done in previous films and tell the story of Harry as he becomes an adult and leaves school and launches his most important job.
Hereafter, the film by Clint Eastwood, that explores mortality from three different views. One character faces a terrifying tsunami which has to be simulated on film. Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell were the team set forth to create the effects that drive the personal dramas and ultimately focus on human issue.
Iron Man 2, inspired from the comic book world, picks up from the first film and now Iron Man must negotiate a peace treaty between two super powers, he opens “Stark Expo” to showcase his inventions while trying to manage a way to stay alive. Most of this world depends on the visual effects in order for the storyline to be believable.
Inception, a film by Christopher Nolan, however is my pick for Best Visual Effects. The main focus of this film is layers of dream state. Characters in the film called architects actually create the dreams in their mind in order to steal from the minds of some of the most inventive minds. The characters of the film move from the “real” world into a world of dreams and it is dependent upon the visual effects for the filmgoer to follow the characters in order for the complex story to make sense. Definitely one of Nolan’s most imaginative film, Paul Franklin, Chris Cortbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb are the technical team that Nolan hired to mastermind the world envisioned in Inception. The film spans from mundane hotel rooms, car chases and vast cities – all in a dream state.
Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones, no texting, don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Film, see her work on SilentHollywood.com