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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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2. The Task

The effects work was divvied up between a dozen VFX houses, with Glass’s own Method Studios and Berlin-based RISE taking on the lion’s share of the work. The 500 effects shots planned proved to be a serious underestimate. There are some 1150 in the finished film.

“I’m proud that despite splitting across many companies, it all came together without feeling disjointed. As supervisor you’ve got all of these pieces coming in thick and fast and you’re constantly trying to guide them to make sure they feel similar. With Neo Seoul, we had four or five companies contributing to some of those vistas, with various artists creating [shots], so you’re constantly feeding what they’re doing to the others so it feels like the same city, as opposed to six different artistic views of it.”

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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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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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