|Prime focus contributes services 5 of the 10 vfx oscar contenders|
The Tree of Life was the highly anticipated return of acclaimed director Terrence Malick and saw Prime Focus deliver a number of detailed sequences including the creation of stunningly realistic dinosaurs. The film, which was based on Malick's original screenplay, is an impressionistic story of a 1950's mid-Western American family. It explores difficult human issues, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
The majority of the visual effects in the film come in the opening creation sequence, which features subtle images from the prehistoric era and, astronomy. The 50-strong Prime Focus team, spanning facilities in Los Angeles and Vancouver, worked closely with VFX Supervisor Dan Glass to determine the species of dinosaurs they would create as well as the environment around them. A huge amount of research was undertaken with specialist biologists and paleontologists brought in.
The final outcome is a hugely impressive piece of filmmaking by Malick, a storyteller at the peak of his powers. The film picked up the prestigious Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and is expected to fare well in the upcoming awards season.
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As a global entertainment services group, Prime Focus offers a variety of services to filmmakers. Its London-based team were on hand to supply the Hugo production team with on-set equipment including a Baselight 8 grading system that was temporarily installed at Shepperton Studios during production.
The 84th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, with the Awards ceremony taking place on Sunday February 26 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. Prime Focus would like to congratulate everyone involved with these exceptional projects and wish them the best of luck with their nominations.