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Making Magic: Behind The Scenes Of This Year's Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects
Watch videos that take a closer look at the 2013 Oscar Visual Effect nominees

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The Academy Award for Best Visual Effects kicked off with a Lucas-versus-Spielberg battle of the buddies in 1977, Star Wars pipping Close Encounters to the inaugural gong. Since then, it’s recognised barrier-busting movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park and The Matrix. This year is no exception in the innovation stakes, especially if you’re a fan of jungle-real tigers, extra-terrestrial nastiness, Hulk smashing and trolls, lots of trolls.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Nominees: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White

Modest and unshowy, Weta Digital supremo Joe Letteri has in recent years pioneered a revolution in effects work from the company’s Wellington HQ. Weta gave us the performance-capture of Gollum and King Kong, the digital detail of Pandora in Avatar and now the dwarves’ encounter with Tom, Bert and William in Trollshaws and Goblin-Town in The Hobbit. Weta Digital has picked up five Oscars since it was set up by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk back in 1993, and a sixth looks like a strong possibility.

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1 Life of Pi
Life of Pi will win, no doubt in my mind More

Posted by Moronifighter on Thursday January 17, 2013, 12:59

2 Awesome stuff
I Think ILM should win an Oscar just for that VFX breakdown. That was excellent and creative! Obviously it'll go to The Hobbit though. And rightly so. More

Posted by Deydalarozi on Wednesday January 16, 2013, 18:30


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