Friday, January 17, 2014

Awards-Nazi Award nominations: Visual Effects

Let's be honest: For just about everybody, this year's visual effects contest has basically consisted of one movie, and then everything else. But that doesn't mean that the pretenders shouldn't be acknowledged for their stellar work.

So read about the best Visual Effects work of the year (plus the other four) after the jump.

Gravity (Tim Webber, Neil Corbould, David Shirk, Chris Lawrence)
Years of previsualization planning and even more years of exhausting post-production came together in perfect unison with a bold directorial vision. Virtually the entire film is an effects sequence that makes you wonder, "How did they do that?"

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds)
Weta's expertise in constructing breathtaking fantasy realms and creatures never ceases to catch the eye. The biggest takeaway from this latest outing to Middle Earth is the titular dragon, which is superbly designed and animated.

Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Daniel Sudick, Aaron Gilman, Mark G. Soper)
The Iron Man suit continues to impress, but this time we get a whole army of suits for Tony Stark to play with. The Extremis soldiers look pretty rad themselves, and that dizzying aerial barrel-of-monkeys sequence is all sorts of fun.

Man of Steel (John D.J. Des Jardins, Allen Hall, Daniel Barrett, Rick Leary)
I get that Zack Snyder movies are hardly the Academy's bag, but the bakeoff snub of this film is just plain inexcusable. Its effects are sensational, especially that uber-cool Kryptonian tech and the digitally rendered costuming.

Pacific Rim (John Knoll, James E. Price, Laird McMurray, Hal T. Hickell)
The imaginative designs from Guillermo Del Toro and his art team to really pop off the screen (sans 3D) thanks to the astonishing animation and texture added by ILM's elite. Every kaiju and jaeger looks amazing and has palpable onscreen weight.

Just missed:
Elysium (Peter Muyzers, Cameron Waldbauer, Scott Kravitz, Richard Taylor)
The Great Gatsby (Chris Godfrey, Dan Oliver, Tony Cole, Christopher Tangney)
Rush (Jody Johnson, Uli Nefzer, Alex Hope, Moriah Etherington-Sparks)
Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett, Burt Dalton, Paul Kavanaugh, Ron Ames)
This Is The End (Paul Linden, Kevin Harris, Stephane Stoll, Steven Ritzi)


  1. My choices in my awards are the exact same as yours! Wow, I guess great minds think alike!

  2. Hmm... I much preferred the work Elysium over Iron Man 3.