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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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13. Bolt From The Blue

Among the many perils Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess) faces on his Pacific voyage – duplicity, poison, endless sauerkraut – are high seas and tempests. These apocalyptic weather systems were created by RISE by suppressing the Mediterranean sun of the location shoot and adding time lapse photography and 2D animation.

“Cloud Atlas is definitely less of an effects movie than, say, Life Of Pi, but it’s fantastic to have be a part of a movie that’s really trying to do something different – trying to test your intelligence. It feels much bigger than you.”

Cloud Atlas is out on Blu-ray and DVD now, from Warner Home Video

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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

Posted by kevtiggersmith on Saturday July 6, 2013, 11:14

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

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Friday July 5, 2013, 18:57


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