VFX Oscar winner – Rob Legato & Pixmondo with Hugo

March 1, 2012 by Tim Rabjohns | 1 Comment

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OK – so everyone watched the Oscars  last Sunday for the pretty frocks and the chance to rubberneck at some A-listers in the film world, but what of the VFX category?  I just thought we should have a little post to honour that and the awesomely talented people from both mainland Europe & the US who were competing.

By now everyone knows that Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, under VFX supremo Rob Legato, was one of the top winners – taking five awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.  Thanks to the awesome FX Guide site You can read a great  interview with Rob Legato, and read more about the vfx here.  Rob partnered with Germany’s Pixmondo to create the effects. Pixomondo, founded by Thilo Kuther – created a massive 62 minutes of the finished film. They have an impressive global network of studios in Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, Beijing and Toronto.

So what was the journey for Hugo to the top slot…? Well, The Academy selects 15 films for consideration and a list of 10 nominees were made from this.

I think we should also have a quick look at the list of nominees as these films were certainly not slouching in the VFX department. I am putting some links from the amazing FXguide.com, so you can get some more info on each film, if you want it..

Captain America: The First Avenger – there is a link to Lola VFX (Santa Monica) on how they made the main character really skinny here and the rest of the work here.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – take a look at Double Negative, Framestore and Tippett Studio’s effects for the film, and their interview with MPC.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – there is an  interview with ILM’s Ben Snow, and read about MPC and Cinesite’s work for the film. Continue reading “VFX Oscar winner – Rob Legato & Pixmondo with Hugo” »