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3. Prosthetics

The VFX pipeline was swollen, in part, with enhancements to the prosthetics of cast members. The face of Hugo Weaving’s Nurse Noakes, for instance, was bulked up with a prosthetic mask and had to be slimmed via the magic of visual effects. Call it the VFX diet.

“It was a natural collaboration on the prosthetics: [the make-up artists] agreed to take it so far and then we’d help do the rest. That’s the way that the Wachowskis work. They’re very creative and keep adding ideas as they go. With every one you’re going, ‘I don’t know how we’re gonna do it, but that’s pretty cool!’ Filmmaking is a tremendously collaborative process, unless you’re working for James Cameron or Chris Nolan. No disrespect at all to them as filmmakers, but they’re directors who drive the process very much from a point of view.”

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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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