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A Before And After Look At Cloud Atlas's Visual Effects
VFX Supervisor Dan Glass on bringing the unfilmable novel to the screen

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11. Pre-visualisation

Painstaking pre-visualisation put together at Studio Babelsberg by the filmmakers and their VFX team established key shots in advance. In the case of Luisa Rey's Beetle plunge, practical and visual effects were married together with a gimbal and - cover your eyes, Herbie - a sawn-in-half VW to reproduce the dynamics of the crash against green screen.

“Obviously there’s a conceptual phase, which can be reasonably quick, but then you go through lots of iterations. You can execute shots in a reasonably short period of time – a month, six weeks – but typically you end up spending longer on them because they’re such important pieces.”

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1 Fear
The film was criminally under-supported by the multiplexes who were terrified of such an unclassifiable film. it was given a very short release on the minimum number of screens and tended to be on their smaller ones too. It deserves to fly on disc, hopefully word of mouth will have time to take it to true cult status. A double bill with Code 46 at the PCC perhaps? More

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2 Amazing
I adored this movie, such an ambitious project to under-take. Each story in the movie had me hooked and I couldn't take my eyes off it. I'm a little sad that this movie flopped so badly but if ever the words 'cult classic' were used to describe a movie, surely this will be the ultimate example in a few years to come. p.s. the above piece is very good More

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