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The A-List: Lego Batman Movie
director Chris McKay

By Iain Blair

Three years ago, The Lego Movie became an “everything
is awesome” monster hit that cleverly avoided the pitfalls of feeling like a corporate branding exercise thanks to the deft touch of the director/writer/
animator/producer team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.  

Now busy working on a Han Solo spinoff movie, they handed over the directing reins on the follow-up, The Lego Batman Movie, to Chris McKay, who served as animation director and editor on the first one. And he hit the ground running on this one, which seriously — and hilariously — tweak’s Batman’s image.

This time out, Batman stars in his own big-screen adventure, but there are big changes brewing in Gotham City. If he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up (somber introspection only goes so far when you’re a handsome billionaire with great cars and gadgets, who gets to punch people in the face with no repercussions).

Will Arnett voices Batman, Zach Galifianakis is The Joker, Michael Cera is orphan Dick Grayson, Rosario Dawson is Barbara Gordon, and Ralph Fiennes voices Alfred.

Behind the scenes, production designer Grant Freckelton and editor David Burrows also return from The Lego Movie, joined by editors Matt Villa and John Venzon. Lorne Balfe was composer, and feature animation was, again, by Animal Logic. The Warner Bros. film released in 3D, 2D and IMAX.

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Resident Evil: The Final
editor Doobie White

By Brady Betzel

Editor Doobie White straddles two worlds. As co-founder of West Los Angeles-based Therapy Studios, he regularly works on commercials and music videos, but he also steps out of that role to edit movies.

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Review: Maxon Cinema 4D
Studio Release 18
By Brady Betzel

Each year I get to test out some of the latest and greatest software and hardware releases our industry has to offer. One of my favorites — and most challenging — is Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

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Ingenuity Studios provides VFX for NASCAR spot

Assimilate's Scratch Suite upgraded to V.8.6

Nutmeg adds Broadway Video’s former design group

Craig Zerouni joins Deluxe VFX as head of technology

A closer look at some London-based post studios
By Mel Lambert

Behind the Title: MTI Film colorist Steve Porter

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