From Microscopic to Cosmic: The Fittingly Organic VFX of ‘The Fountain’ & ‘The Tree of Life’, by Dave Kendricken (3 Videos)

Posted: 05/08/2013 in Uncategorized

Posted by Dave Kendricken on May 6, 2013 • 


“Other than their deep meditation on mortality — and the associated motif of a sacred source of life — Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain (2006) and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011) couldn’t be more different. That is, aside from the way in which the films achieve much of their strikingly beautiful cosmic imagery. In an era of filmmaking in which CGI and space-bound science fiction are far from strangers, these two films opt for a more naturalistic alternative — such as macrophotography and high-speed microscopy — to visualize their explorations of life in the universe. What could be more appropriate effects for films so occupied with the organic? Click through for some details on how VFX allowed the microscopic to ‘double’ for the cosmos.”


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