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A Before And After Look At Cloud Atlas's Visual Effects
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8. Power Station

In Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery, Halle Berry plays an investigative journalist who gets wind of a potential Three Mile Island-type disaster brewing at a nuclear power station. The Seaboard Corporation’s shonky Swannekke Lake nuclear power plant, across a road bridge from the mainland, was realised using CG and projected matte paintings.

“This bridge is just outside Glasgow and they used CG to represent the buildings. There’s some subtle matte painting in this shot and a lot of painting projected, in effect, onto some amazing 3D geometry, which enables you to manipulate the camera for different angles. Those old glass matte paintings were incredibly beautiful, but by their nature they couldn’t be animated and you couldn’t really manipulate the camera. We were able to break from that and shoot with a helicopter.”

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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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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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