Oscars 2021: Round-Up

April 23, 2021

Our favorite film night of the year is just around the corner. The 92nd annual Academy Awards is Sunday night (Feb 9) at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST. It’s mad dash to the movie finish line to catch all the nominees before this weekend!

As always we’re in awe of how filmmakers continue to push boundaries. The visual effects category includes The Lion King’s fully virtual production, The Irishman’s de-aging, and Thano’s finger-snapping power in Avengers: EndGame. The two World War-related films 1917 and Jojo Rabbit caught our eyes with the former’s entire film made to look like one continuous shot (!) and the latter’s wicked satire. Parasite’s haunting message will stay with us. Little Women’s feminist lean had us cheering. And Once Upon a Time in Hollywood proved a love letter to Hollywood that showed off Tarantino in all his film history geekery.

Regardless of which movie you’re rooting for, the visual effects seamlessly blend into each film’s world and storyline — and we’re thrilled that every VFX studio associated with the Best Visual Effects and Best Picture categories is a Boris FX customer!

Best Visual Effects Nominees

Congrats to the visual effects teams who worked on Love & Monsters, The Midnight Sky, Mulan, The One and Only Ivan, and Tenet!

Best Picture Nominees

Congrats to the visual effects teams for their work on The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7!

We caught up with Nate Overstrom from Zoic Studios to talk Judas and the Black Messiah, and Gregory Liegey, VFX Supervisor, Mammal Studios, had this to say about working on Promising Young Woman:

“It was a pleasure working with Emerald and her team on Promising Young Woman. They did a very quick shoot around LA in the spring of 2019. We met with them on location to consult on some approaches to various VFX shots, but I was on set officially for just a day to oversee the plates for a drone shot. Mammal did FX for that shot — adding a large plume of CG smoke.”

He continues, “The plate was an aerial shot of a canyon in Thousand Oaks, CA…but the shot was supposed to be taking place in a remote wilderness. Our team used Mocha Pro to track that 1,100 frames shot in order to remove all signs of civilization from it: water tanks, houses, roads, and telephone wires. There were so many different areas to work on that we split the shot up amongst four artists so they could each concentrate on a particular section. Mocha was the absolute best tool for planar tracking the various depths and surfaces of the canyon view in order to replace the areas with cleaned-up patches.”

We salute the winners and all the nominees! Thanks again to all our amazing customers for choosing our products.


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