Building on the success of the 2017 BAFTA’s, VFX powerhouses Framestore and DNeg took home the 90th Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Visual Effects. The sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic was up for five nominations including: cinematography, production design, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.
Made on a $150–185 million budget, this film used cutting-edge technology to follow up to the 1982 neo-noir Sci-Fi classic, Blade Runner. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the man behind the multi-awarding winning 2016 smart sci-fi hit, Arrival. Blade Runner 2049 beat Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and War for the Planet of the Apes to be crowned the winner of the evening.
The VFX highlight of this sequel to Ridley Scott classic was the recreation of Sean Young's replicant Rachael, from the original Blade Runner; one of our Escapee’s, Francesco Capone, who worked on the sequence whilst employed as a Digital Compositor at MPC, said:
“To put it simply it's the best project I've ever worked on, there was a special energy in the team and our specific task was shrouded in secrecy: we were tasked to replicate a replicant and make it more human than human. It doesn't get any better than that for a long time Blade Runner fan. After the movie was released, the best part was searching online for speculations on how we accomplished the task and reading "that isn't CG" or "they found a lookalike and tweaked it", meant we did a really good job!”
VFX is about being so good you can’t even tell it’s there and by utilising the newest technology the team were able to create something that hadn’t been done before. The 90th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 4th. VFX Supervisor on Blade Runner 2049, Richard R. Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Nefzer, and John Nelson, accepted the award on behalf of the talented VFX crews responsible creating the futuristic city of Los Angeles.
Another deserving Oscar winner last night, was the animated phenomenon Coco. One of our Alumni, Allison Rutland worked on Coco as an animator and it has been great to see the success of Pixar’s colourful journey through the Land of the Dead, running away with all of the awards this season including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.