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March/April 2014

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ENVIRONMENTS 16 ■ CGW M a r ch / A p r i l 2 014 ENVIRONMENTS 16 ■ CGW M a r ch / A p r i l 2 014 films most people think of as "visual effects movies" are those with in-your-face effects, science-fiction locations, and CG characters. But to filmmakers, so-called "invisi- ble" effects are every bit as important and perhaps even more influential. In- visible effects allow filmmakers to shoot a "location" in any kind of weather at any time of day, to control the lighting, to re-create historical settings, and to enhance imagined locations, as three current films attest: 300: Rise of an Empire, The Monuments Men, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Warner Bros.' 300, directed by Nuam Murro and written by Zack Snyder, propels audiences into ancient history as imagined by graphic novelist Frank Miller. Columbia Pictures' The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney, marches viewers into the horrors of World War II. Scott Rudin Productions' The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson, waltzes the ■ LOOK EFFECTS ARTISTS used CG tools to enhance Wes Anderson's invented world for The Grand Budapest Hotel. On the opposite page, artists at MPC extended greenscreen sets for 300: Rise of an Empire.

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