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8 Of The Best Visual Effects Movies From The Last Few Years

A selection of some of the best visual effects in movies from recent years.

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1. Mad Max: Fury Road

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Iloura is the award-winning Australian studio behind the seamless VFX work in George Miller’s blockbuster hit Mad Max; Fury Road, they delivered more than 1,500 effects for the movie. Iloura’s on-set supervisor Dan Bethall, will reveal what makes their post-production so incredible at the 2015 BFX Festival.

2. Interstellar

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Academy Award and BAFTA Winning studio D-Neg depicted Interstellar’s incredible VFX. The studio was responsible for the wormhole, it’s supermassive black hole (Gargantua), the Tesseract (a four dimensional space allowing time to be seen as a physical dimension), digital space vistas for projection on-set (no greenscreen was used in any of the space sequences), robots TARS and CASE and the population of alien worlds with giant waves and landscapes of frozen cloud and ice.

3. Exodus; God and Kings

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MPC’s (Moving Picture Comapny) team crushed Pharaoh armies & led over 600,000 slaves to freedom for the biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings. Head of Crowd and MoCap, Adam Davis will describe the artistic and technical challenges behind building the massive crowd armies required to fulfill Ridley Scott’s vision for the movie at #BFX2015.

4. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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ILM are the team behind the stunning VFX for this film. ILM's Scott Pritchard has over 13 years’ experience in the visual effects industry working on many blockbuster films including Inception, Captain Phillips, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America and was the recipient of a VES award for ‘Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture’. One of the initial hires to ILM’s new London facility, Scott has recently worked on visual effects sequences for this summer’s hit Marvel release, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

5. Gravity

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Gravity is a rarity in modern Hollywood: an intelligent blockbuster. It’s thrilled audiences the world over, brought non-boombastic scientifically-based fiction back into the mainstream.

It was one of the big winners at last year's Oscars, scooping up seven awards including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects; it also won four BAFTA awards, including Best British Film.

The National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), based at Bournemouth University, is world-renowned for its comprehensive courses in all things visual effects. BU grads at Framestore worked on the VFX for this movie.

6. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Two of the main characters are realized entirely in CG, and with vast space and earth-like environments to create, the visual effects crew were once again crucial to completing the film.

Overall visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti, associate visual effects supervisor Olivier Dumont and visual effects producer Susan Pickett guided the ship.

They lead a vast army of VFX artists from 13 companies including MPC, Framestore, Luma Pictures, Method Studios, Imageworks and an in-house unit, plus previs/postvis teams from Proof and The Third Floor.

Rocket, is no ordinary raccoon. Bafta and Oscar-awarding winning creative studio Framestore will be sharing how they developed and then animated him in James Gunn’s record-breaking space opera at BFX.

7. Maleficent

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MPC completed 875 shots for Maleficent. Working closely with director Rob Stromberg and Production VFX Supervisor Carey Villegas, the team created a host of animated creatures and fairy world environments.

8. Ant-Man

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Both ILM and Double Negative were a couple of the studios who worked on this film.

Double Negative built the suit as an entirely digital creation (a real suit was not on set) incorporating deadly ‘stingers’ and space age materials.They also tackled the briefcase scene, making use of lighting from only specific sources such as a mobile phone screen.

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