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Suicide Squad: Imageworks VFX supervisor Mark Breakspear
By Randi Altman

In Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad, a band of captured super-villains are released from prison by the government and tasked with working together
to fight a common enemy, the evil Joker.

This film, which held top box office honors for weeks, has a bit of everything: comic book antiheroes, super powers, epic battles and redemption. It also features a ton of visual effects work that was supervised by Sony Imageworks’ Mark Breakspear, who worked closely with production supervisor Jerome Chen and director David Ayer (see our interview with Ayer).

Breakspear is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience as a visual effects supervisor and artist, working on feature films, television and commercials. His credits include American Sniper, The Giver, Ender’s Game, Thor: The Dark World, The Great Gatsby… and that’s just to name a few.

Suicide Squad features approximately 1,200 shots, with Imageworks doing about 300, including the key fight at the end of the film between Enchantress, the Squad, Incubus and Mega Diablo. Imageworks also provided shots for several other sequences throughout the movie.

MPC worked on the majority of the other visual effects, with Third Floor creating postviz after the shoot to help with the cutting of the film.

I recently threw some questions at Breakspear about his process and workflow on Suicide Squad.

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Volker Engel on VFX, Independence Day, technology and more

Uncharted Territory’s Volker Engel has worked as a VFX supervisor on such films as White House Down and Hugo. Most recently he was in charge of the huge number of effects for Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence.

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Review: FxFactory’s AudioDenoise, EchoRemover, Xsend Motion
By Brady Betzel

I’ve enjoyed working on Windows-based PCs over the past few years, but I opened my MacBook Pro once again to try three plug-ins inside of FCP X: AudioDenoise, EchoRemover and Xsend Motion.

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Behind the Title: State Design's
Marcel Ziul

State Design's executive creative director/owner, Marcel Ziul, got the industry bug at 18 years old while interning at a production house. Next was a degree in advertising, and the rest is history.

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Composer Harry Gregson-Williams to keynote PMC

2016’s HPA Engineering Excellence Award winners

Andy Williams to head up new DnegTV in LA

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