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Shot entirely on location in England, Goodbye Christopher Robin offers a rare glimpse into
the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his
son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the
books, the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort after the First World War.
Director Simon Curtis and DP Ben Smithard, BSC create a stunningly colorful world seen
through the prism of a postwar England eagerly awaiting something to lift its spirits. The
filmmaking team also includes production sound mixer Adrian Bell, picture editor Victoria
Boydell, composer Carter Burwell, supervising sound editor Ian Wilson, and re-recording
mixers Tim Cavagin and Craig Irving. Goodbye Christopher Robin is now playing in theaters.
In the new film Blade Runner
2049, Rachael (Sean Young), a
character from the first Blade
Runner (1982), makes a surprise reappearance. Although
the films were shot more than
30 years apart, actress Sean
Young appears identical in both.
Replicating Rachael was
an exciting technical and creative challenge for visual effects studio MPC. A team led by
VFX supervisor Richard Clegg
worked closely with director
Denis Villeneuve and production VFX supervisor John Nelson to build a photo-realistic
CG sculpt of Young’s head from
the original film.
First, the team captured
a detailed scan of present-day Young’s head. Artists then
hand-modeled an anatomically
accurate 3D skull, followed by a
digital sculpt, which was lined
up with scenes from the original film. The available footage
wasn't always ideal, due to the
dark, contrasty lighting with
a shallow depth of field, so a
great deal of guesswork was
required. 3D modeling artists
then sculpted the rest of the
head over these images and
added hair and color textures
to create an identical match.
First released in 1918, A Dog’s Life is a
short film about a tramp, played by Charlie
Chaplin, who calls a vacant lot his home and
struggles to find a job in the inner city.
He rescues a canine companion, Scraps,
from an attack by other strays, and they
become fast friends. Together they steal
sausages, befriend a beautiful dance hall
singer, and live a penniless life until they
discover a hidden trove of cash.
Filmed at Chaplin Studios in Los Angeles,
the comedy was written, directed, produced,
and edited by Chaplin himself.
A Dog’s Life is now streaming on the Film
Detective, an app for classic films and
television shows available for Roku, Amazon
Fire TV, and Apple TV.
Learn more: thefilmdetective.com