On Wednesday, special effects maestro Neil Corbould talked about his impressive career.
(FYI, special effects deals with in camera effects, such as explosions and hydraulics; whereas visual effects are of the computer generated variety.)
Eight things we learned:
1. Clips from THE ELEPHANT MAN and AMADEUS shown. Non-obvious special effects used, fog, steam, etc., without which the shot would not seem right. Directors of photography love them.
Prague was covered in four and a half tonnes of snow in AMADEUS. Now, Snow Business is a firm solely dedicated to designing and making movie snow, and it is all biodegradable.
2. Corbould looked at the television documentary series WORLD AT WAR for SAVING PRIVATE RYAN; to get realism of explosions, which is what was wanted by Spielberg.
3. He has become a helicopter SFX expert, worked on VERTICAL LIMIT, BLACK HAWK DOWN and the climax of ZERO DARK THIRTY.
4. Corbould's favourite creation: The gadget gun in THE FIFTH ELEMENT. Was also a mixture of visual effects.
5. Neil thinks the truck flip in THE DARK KNIGHT is the one of the best special effects he has ever seen. He wished he'd done it. Actually, it was his brother who did. Now he has to out-do him [laughs].
Chris Corbould worked on the Batmans and Bonds, while third bother Paul worked on CAPTAIN AMERICA.
6. Corbould spent a year planning GRAVITY. Came in early on the project.
7. After having sworn off the use of animatronics, he managed to convince Spielberg to use it in WAR HORSE.
8. The special effects industry is so busy in the UK right now people are being brought in from Australia and America. They need technicians and senior technicians.