the vfx show #139: Tree of Life/Melancholia

Mike Seymour, TyRuben Ellingson and Matt Wallin discuss the visual effects in two very unique films this week, Tree of Life and Melancholia.

As always, we have additional coverage for the films on fxguide.

Back in July we caught up with Tree of Life visual effects supervisor Dan Glass to dissect the different realms of the film’s ‘history of the universe’ montage piece in this fxguide article.

We have a new article on fxguide where we talk to VFX sup. Peter Hjorth, plus Platige Image and Pixomondo, about the visual effects for Melancholia. The article includes a video breakdown of the effects work with commentary by Peter Hjorth.

Show Notes:

Tree of Life
Director: Terrence Malick
Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
VFX Supervisors and Companies:
Doug Trumbull
Dan Glass
Paul Riddle — Double Negative
Oliver Dumont — Method Studios
Bryan HirotaMichael Shand — Prime Focus Visual Effects
Matt McDonaldDaniel P. Rosen — Evil Eye Pictures
Dominic ParkerTom Debenham — One of Us

Life of a cell

Negin Bairami

Director: Lars von Trier
Cinematographer: Manuel Alberto Claro
VFX Supervisors and Companies:
Peter Hjorth — Production VFX Supervisor
Sven Martin — Pixomondo
Jakub Knapik — Platige Image

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2 thoughts on “the vfx show #139: <em>Tree of Life/Melancholia</em>”

  1. Jacob Otterström

    Great coverage on these films, as always! The company in Sweden that you refer to regarding compositing in Melancholia is Filmgate (

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