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The Cutting Edge team on bringing 1940s America to life in 'Hacksaw Ridge'

  • IF.com.au
Andrew Garfield being put through his paces on the set of 'Hacksaw Ridge'. (Photo credit: Mark Rogers).

Cutting Edge.s Head of Features Marcus Bolton, Visual Effects Supervisor Simon Maddison and Creative Director Finn Spencer chat to Harry Windsor about running post on Mel Gibson.s 'Hacksaw Ridge'.

The film, which is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, nabbed a BAFTA award on Sunday evening for Best Editing by John Gilbert.

What was Ce's involvement in Hacksaw Ridge?

Bolton: We had a team of 25 people dedicated to the project to ensure we delivered to the deadline. Our VFX team worked on over 100 set extension shots, creating quite massive landscapes needed to be true to specific location in the United States. We were also lucky to be chosen to create the Titles and Credits design on the film.

What was the tendering process to get the gig?
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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ VFX Artist On Mel Gibson’s Idea: “He Wanted To Be Between The Bullet And The Gun All The Time”

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In a storied career, involving projects by various leading industry auteurs, Australian visual effects supervisor Chris Godfrey has tended to end up working on either war films or musicals—though he doesn't know exactly why. Teaming up with director Mel Gibson on his triumphant return to filmmaking, harrowing WWII tale Hacksaw Ridge, Godfrey had his work cut out for him. Working down under, on a budget of some $40 million, resources were limited; and yet with Godfrey's…
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Mel Gibson on the ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Artisans Who Brought WWII to Life

Mel Gibson on the ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Artisans Who Brought WWII to Life
Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” looks like a mega-budget epic, though it was filmed in only 59 days on $40 million. The saga tells the true story of Desmond Doss, who wanted to serve during WWII, but refused to carry a gun. The opening moments show vivid scenes of battle while Andrew Garfield’s voice is heard reading a psalm. “I wanted to juxtapose the crazy war images with the lyricism of the psalm,” Gibson says. “This was a situation that reduces men to the level of animals, yet Desmond Doss always kept his higher self intact. The spirituality doesn’t work unless you see how hellish it was. What the guy did was unbelievable.” Gibson singled out some of his colleagues who helped bring the story to life.

Editor, John Gilbert

I have such respect for this guy, with all the footage that we had, making it move along, making it snap.
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Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge premieres at Venice to (mostly) raves

  • IF.com.au
Hacksaw Ridge cast and crew in Venice.

Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge, shot in Sydney last year, has debuted at the Venice Film Festival to (mostly) raves.

Gibson has "absolutely hit Hacksaw Ridge out of the park", said The Guardian in a four-star review. "As a machine-tooled vehicle for Mel Gibson's directorial comeback, Hacksaw Ridge couldn't be more perfect."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Gibson's forceful comeback is a violent drama about pacifism that succeeds in combining horror with grace", while The Telegraph called it "fantastically moving".

Variety described the film "an act of atonement that may succeed in bringing Gibson back" as well as "a testament to his filmmaking chops".

The pundits uniformly singled out the gruesomeness of the film's battle-heavy second half, as well as the skill with which Gibson presents it - "the battle scenes in Hacksaw Ridge make the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan
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Hugo Weaving joins Hacksaw Ridge cast

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Hugo Weaving has joined the cast of Mel Gibson's star-studded Australian film Hacksaw Ridge.

Weaving will join Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Rachel Griffiths and Richard Roxburgh in the film, which is now in production.

Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of conscientious objector, Desmond Doss (Garfield), who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing a gun..

Believing that the War was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon.

Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded near enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. He is the only conscientious objector to ever win the Us Medal of Honour.

Weaving will play Garfield's son, Tom Doss.

Producers of the film include Bill Mechanic, Bruce Davey, Paul Currie, David Permut and executive Producer,
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Animal Logic set to seal Lego deals

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Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian was eager to talk about the world-class creativity of Australian visual artists, technicians and producers as well as his long-time mentor Murray Forrest before accepting an industry award on Thursday night. But he was constrained in what he could say about Animal Logic.s participation in the three upcoming Lego movies on Warner Bros. slate. .We are optimistic about making an announcement very soon about Animal Logic.s involvement in future Lego movies,. he told If before accepting the Murray Forrest award for excellence in filmcraft. At the closing night of the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast Forrest presented the award to Nalbandian and the Aimc lifetime achievement award was bestowed on veteran actor Michael Caton. WB has announced the Lego spin-off Ninjago, directed by Charlie Bean and based on the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, will be released
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Lego deals loom for Animal Logic

  • IF.com.au
Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian was eager to talk about the world-class creativity of Australian visual artists, technicians and producers as well as his long-time mentor Murray Forrest before accepting an industry award on Thursday night. But he was constrained in what he could say about Animal Logic.s participation in the three upcoming Lego movies on Warner Bros... slate. .We are optimistic about making an announcement very soon about Animal Logic.s involvement in future Lego movies,. he told If before accepting the Murray Forrest award for excellence in filmcraft. At the closing night of the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast Forrest presented the award to Nalbandian and the Aimc lifetime achievement award was bestowed on veteran actor Michael Caton. WB has announced the Lego spin-off Ninjago, directed by Charlie Bean based on the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, will be released in
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Great Gatsby sweeps AACTAs

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Great Gatsby sweeps AACTAs
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation wins every film category but two at the annual Australian awards ceremony.

The big budget Us-financed jazz age extravaganza The Great Gatsby won every film category but two at the annual Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television) Awards this evening Australian time in Sydney.

This included the best film gong, which goes to Australian producers Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Catherine Knapman and their Us counterparts Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher.

Luhrmann also scored best director and, with his high school friend and regular collaborator Craig Pearce, best adapted screenplay.

The only award The Great Gatsby could have won but didn’t was for best actress: that instead went to Rose Byrne for her small part — all the actors had small roles overall — in the bold anthology film The Turning, adapted from a book of short stories by popular novelist Tim Winton.

The Rocket, a festival hit made on a shoestring budget
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The Great Gatsby sweeps AACTAs

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The Great Gatsby sweeps AACTAs
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation wins every film category but two at the annual Australian awards ceremony.

The big budget Us-financed jazz age extravaganza The Great Gatsby won every film category but two at the annual Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television) Awards this evening Australian time in Sydney.

This included the best film gong, which goes to Australian producers Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Catherine Knapman and their Us counterparts Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher.

Luhrmann also scored best director and, with his high school friend and regular collaborator Craig Pearce, best adapted screenplay.

The only award The Great Gatsby could have won but didn’t was for best actress: that instead went to Rose Byrne for her small part — all the actors had small roles overall — in the bold anthology film The Turning, adapted from a book of short stories by popular novelist Tim Winton.

The Rocket, a festival hit made on a shoestring budget
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Gatsby wins at Aacta

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Gatsby wins at Aacta
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation wins every film category but two at the annual Australian awards ceremony.

The big budget Us-financed jazz age extravaganza The Great Gatsby won every film category but two at the annual Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television) Awards this evening Australian time in Sydney.

This included the best film gong, which goes to Australian producers Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Catherine Knapman and their Us counterparts Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher.

Luhrmann also scored best director and, with his high school friend and regular collaborator Craig Pearce, best adapted screenplay.

The only award The Great Gatsby could have won but didn’t was for best actress: that instead went to Rose Byrne for her small part — all the actors had small roles overall — in the bold anthology film The Turning, adapted from a book of short stories by popular novelist Tim Winton.

The Rocket, a festival hit made on a shoestring budget
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Baz's creative team cleans up at Aacta Awards

  • IF.com.au
The Great Gatsby dominated. Aacta.s technical and short films awards today, collecting gongs in all six craft categories for which it was nominated, plus the Aacta award for outstanding achievement in visual effects.

The co-production Top of the Lake bagged two TV trophies while Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys, created by Tony Ayres, was named best children.s TV series.

The TV documentary prize went to Redesign My Brain, which explores the revolutionary new science of brain plasticity, written and directed by Paul Scott and produced by Isabel Perez and Scott for ABC TV.

Writer-director Nick Verso's The Last Time I Saw Richard, produced by John Molloy, was honoured as best short fiction film. Developed and funded through Screen Australia.s Springboard program, the short is a prequel to the upcoming feature film Boys In The Trees, tracing the friendship between two teenagers in a mental health clinic in
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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing,
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‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations

‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations
The Visual Effects Society has announced this year’s nominees for the 12th annual VES awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón for “Gravity,” which led all films with eight vfx nominations. “Pacific Rim” received six, while “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Iron Man 3” received five each.

Those pics were nominated in the “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature” category. In a surprise, “The Lone Ranger” was nominated in feature supporting vfx. Disney’s disastrous Western was quite f/x-driven, though many of its effects were in-camera practical f/x, which aren’t a major focus for the Ves. Other supporting effects nominees include ”Rush,” “The Great Gatsby,” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “White House Down.”

Nobable omissions from the top category include “Man of Steel” (which got 2 nominations), “The Wolverine,
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Gravity, Iron Man 3 earn Ves nods

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Gravity, Iron Man 3 earn Ves nods
The Visual Effects Society (Ves) delivered no surprises on January 14 as it announced the nominations for the 12th Annual Ves Awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón, and The Lifetime Achievement Award to effects pioneer John Dykstra.

The 12th Annual Ves Awards Ceremony will take place on February 12 in Los Angeles.

The feature film nominees are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

GravityTim Webber, Nikki Penny, Chris Lawrence, Richard Mcbride

Iron Man 3Christopher Townsend, Mark Soper, Guy Williams, Bryan Grill

Pacific RimJohn Knoll, Susan Greenhow, Chris Raimo, Hal Hickel

Star Trek: Into Darkness – Roger Guyett, Luke O’Byrne, Ron Ames, Ben Grossman

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of SmaugJoe Letteri, Eric Saindon, Kevin Sherwood, David Clayton

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

RushJody Johnson, Moriah Etherington-Sparks, Mark Hodgkins, Antoine Moulineau

The Great GatsbyChris Godfrey, Prue Fletcher, [link
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'The Great Gatsby' Before and After VFX Clip, For Your Consideration

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Much to the chagrin of Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio (but mostly Baz Lurhmann for Leonardo DiCaprio), almost no one's penciling "The Great Gatsby" into their early awards season ballots for the directing, acting or best picture category prizes. Not even the year's resident weird voter Quentin Tarantino.

But the door's not closed on "Gatsby's" Oscar chances yet.

Not when you've got all those splashy technical prizes — cinematography and costume design and sound editing and visual effects and such — to consider. Heck, even "Terminator 2" got a statue once upon a time thanks to the VFX noddage.

So, this before and after visual effects video for "The Great Gatsby" basically reads like a sweet For Your Consideration ad for the viral age, yeah?

Here we have a lengthy look at just how extraordinarily involved the effects work by Chris Godfrey and his team really was.

So. much. green screen.

Now, some
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Workflow Series Article 1c: Focus on feature films

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In issue #153 of If Magazine (June-July 2013), If launched an exclusive workflow series written by one of Australia's leading post-production and digital media practitioners, John Fleming. To be released in four instalments, the series will explore the different approaches to workflow associated with digital content production. This first article looks at the main influences and identifies the building blocks for a future focussed digital workflow. Other articles will take a more detailed look at the workflows associated with specific genres. Find the second instalment of the series in If #154 (August-September), on sale now..

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Feature Film Snapshots

In creating a finished feature film many hours of content must be carefully distilled into a hundred minute Master. From a creative perspective, allowing the ongoing evolution of the idea until the very last moment is seen by many Directors as highly desirable. The following .snapshots. provide insights into some key trends that look to support this ideal.
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Watch The Great Gatsby Before and After VFX

When Jay Gatsby looked out from that dock he saw Daisy's green... screen. At least that's what the VFX reel of before and after shots from The Great Gatsby reveals -- that one hell of a lot of visual effects work went into the film, and even in places where I thought what I was seeing was more or less real.At the end of June the VFX supervisor on the film, Chris Godfrey posted this reel on his Vimeo account, but without an embed code. I made an effort to contact him at the time to request he make it available to Twitch, but an enterprising fan has given us a shortcut by putting it on YouTube.Here's what Godfrey said when he posted the video:Baz has...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Experience the Beautiful VFX of The Great Gatsby in this Awesome "Before and After" Reel

The Great Gatsby's wonderful Visual Effects supervisor, Chris Godfrey, and director Baz Luhrmann have released an awesome "before and after" reel demonstrating the spectacular visual effects work completed on the movie. And, as expected, its amazing. The less-than-four-minute reel truly shows the beauty and intricacy of the fabulous, high quality work carried out, and even if you have not had a chance to watch the movie this rare opportunity is not to be missed.

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The Great Gatsby
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Watch: Eerie 'Gatsby' CGI-Less Clip Goes to Show How Many Of Your Favorite Movies/Shows Rely On Bells and Whistles

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Watch: Eerie 'Gatsby' CGI-Less Clip Goes to Show How Many Of Your Favorite Movies/Shows Rely On Bells and Whistles
Do you ever stop and think about just how many scenes in a movie rely on green screen and CGI? Or how many of your favorite sitcoms use a laugh track? Well, once you think about it for too long, you can't unsee (or unhear) the difference. Check out this video that's been circulating of "The Great Gatsby" without visual effects, posted on Vimeo by Chris Godfrey, the film's visual effects supervisor (with director Baz Luhrmann's permission, of course). We knew that the shiny, perfect visuals of 1920s New York were too good to be true, but seeing the extent that the film used CGI is kind of shocking. Add Lana Del Ray's surreally slurred Gatsby/Daisy love theme "Young and Beautiful" in the background, and the effect is just plain spooky. I mean, the green light was so obviously CGI that it bordered on trippy, but seeing Tom Buchanan
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See 'The Great Gatsby's' Special Effects Transformation (Video)

See 'The Great Gatsby's' Special Effects Transformation (Video)
A new video reveals the extensive special effects used to create the world of The Great Gatsby. VFX supervisor Chris Godfrey recently uploaded before-and-after scenes from the film, showing how blue and greenscreens were transformed into the film's detailed settings. During the three-minute clip, soundtracked by Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful," which was used in the film, raw footage of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and the rest of the cast walking, talking and pretending to drive by green and bluescreens is interspersed with scenes from the film. Photos: 'The Great Gatsby' Premiere It's

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