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The A-List: Creating a VFX tightrope 
for The Walk
Visual effects supervisor Kevin Baillie talks about working with Robert Zemeckis on the director’s latest

By Iain Blair

Oscar-winner Bob Zemeckis has always been at the cutting edge of technology and highly skilled at integrating that technology in the telling of stories in such films as Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Polar Express, Beowulf and Flight.

Now, in The Walk, he’s putting moviegoers in the shoes of Philippe Petit, the French aerialist who in 1974 stunned New Yorkers — and the world — with his high-wire walk between the iconic towers of the almost-completed World Trade Center.

“When I first heard this story, I thought, ‘My God, this is a movie that A: should be made under any circumstance, and B: should be absolutely presented in 3D,’ explains Zemeckis. “When you watch a wire walker, you always have to watch by looking up at him. You never get the perspective of what it’s like to be on the wire.”

But aided by DP Dariusz Wolski and VFX supervisor Kevin Baillie, Zemeckis has made an epic, big-screen spectacle that gives audiences that vertigo-inducing “you-are-on-the-wire” perspective and the chance to go where only one man has been or ever will be — 110 stories in the air, walking between the twin towers.

I spoke with Baillie — whose Atomic Fiction studio has locations in Oakland, LA and Montreal — about working with Zemeckis and creating the VFX.

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Review: Tangent Element color panels
By Brady Betzel

More and more these days offline editors are also color correcting or grading footage in some way. For those who are new to this and unsure of the differences between color correction and color grading, let me help…

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Sound effects and dialog design for The Martian
By Mel Lambert

In The Martian, during a manned mission to Mars, astronaut and botanist Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and is left behind by his crew. With only meager supplies, he is forced to draw upon his scientific ingenuity to signal NASA that he is alive and awaits rescue. Based on the book by Andy Weir and a screenplay by Drew Goddard, the film adaptation of Twentieth Century Fox’s The Martian was directed by Ridley Scott.

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