Mike Seymour, Jason Wingrove and Matt Wallin roll out the 8mm film and expose the VFX in the J. J. Abrams film, Super 8.

For J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, Industrial Light & Magic was tasked with creating the visual effects for the film’s dramatic train crash, the alien creature and its spaceship, and several other key scenes. fxguide talked to senior ILM visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren and animation supervisor Paul Kavanagh about realizing the film’s ‘production value’ in this fxguide article

Show Notes:

Director:  J. J. Abrams
Cinematographer: Larry Fong
VFX Supervisors and Visual Effects Companies:
Kim Libreri -- ILM
Russell Earl --ILM
Dennis Muren -- ILM
Daniel P. Rosen -- Evil Eye Pictures
Stephan Trojansky -- Scanline VFX
Sven Martin – Pixomondo

Poltergeist

E. T.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The trailers

Paul Kavanagh

Lens flares meet the Original Star Trek Series

The Greatest Show on Earth train wreck

The Fugitive train wreck

TED Talk with J. J. Abrams

Keith Edmier

Rick Baker

Starship Trooper Creature


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  • jim

    Great episode! Haven’t seen it but will. Stu Maschwitz on ‘making it look real’ vs ‘making it look good’
    http://prolost.com/blog/2008/12/17/bring-the-sex-aka-preorder-adobe-after-effects-cs4-visual-ef.html
    Important to keep in mind for all VFX artists.

  • killbillme

    Very disappointing show. You gave this one a too easy pass based solely on nostagia.
    I know you’ve taken plenty of other films to task about things other than vfx. I was expecting a brilliant dissection and maybe discussing the terrible script. Sadly you focused on 3 set pieces and it became “the greatest Spielberg film he never directed”. Really?
    From the outset with the train wreck. A contest between a speeding train and a speeding pick up truck is no contest. here’s the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRlwZRcxfpM
    The air force putting the alien on a train? a train whose only cargo apparently is aliens and explosives. the airforce arriving minutes after the crash on trucks? then finding a clue of a super8film box which leads… nowhere? sheesh!
    Sorry for being a hater on your podcast but, as with this film, i was just expecting more.

    • Jason Wingrove

      Your money cheerfully refunded