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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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4. Building The World

The division of labour – the Wachowskis concentrated on the film’s 18th century and sci-fi threads, while Tykwer directed the pulpy ‘70s thriller and English-set segments – left Lana and Andy with the job of building an entirely original dystopian world to represent Neo Seoul in 2144 . And ‘entirely’, explains Glass, is the operative word.

“One of the challenges of working with the Wachowskis is that they want to reinvent everything. They’re not happy with transport systems that have been seen before. They try to reinvent every detail. They weren’t even happy with regular computer interfaces and monitors, so we had to reinvent that, as well as weapons fire and muzzle flashes. They don’t stop at anything.”

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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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