New year, new look, Christmas at GLUE and the year ahead!
GLUE has kicked off the year by jumping in with both feet and re-branding ourselves for more modern times. The old site was great while it lasted, but we felt that a newer, fresher look and approach was called for. Please feel welcome to have a look around the site, to drop us a line or to admire the handsome and hard working staff members who lurk within the walls of GLUE. While you’re at it, you might take a look at our new show reel below, if you haven’t already?!
You can see some more of the work we’re producing here.
We finished up last year by learning from a story set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Episode VII of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What better way to kick off our Christmas Party? – it doesn’t get better than that, surely!? We do love what we do, so it was a real treat to make it out to see the latest Star Wars film. We love the franchise here; it’s characters, spaceships, it’s sagas… it’s lightsabers! Star Wars is without doubt in some part responsible for our love of film and visual effects.
We may have gone a little overboard with Star Wars this year as we gifted ourselves a new robot employee, BB-8.
VFX in 2016
Our team have been discussing the next year and what we’re most excited about for 2016. We looked at some upcoming films which we think are going to take VFX to the next level – for starters the The Jungle Book live-action remake is set for release Spring this year.
Nostalgia aside, this looks to promise something which may not have been possible even a few years ago, it’s combination of photo-realistic CG animals and environments have allowed Disney to take this classic story to a whole new medium without putting any of the cast or animals at risk or being limited by health and safety.
Another upcoming film which has caught our eye is X-Men: Apocalypse.
Aside from starring old friend of GLUE , Michael Fassbender (We’ve always liked him, he just doesn’t know who we are), X-Men also has an extremely favourable track history for creating some beautiful work. Check out this breakdown from the last X-Men film which has a wonderful mix of practical filming techniques and VFX.
The last film on our list is Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Part of the reason we’re looking forward to this so much is because it’s a franchise which has been launched several times, but the effects have always been lacking. It seems like something was lost in the transition from comic book to film in a lot of superhero films.
This is probably due to the wildly different mediums of story telling, but as film is growing and VFX is taking huge leaps forward it feels as if we’re arriving at a place where we can create and design a look which seamlessly fits into a film, working as a tool to help the story instead of being a possible snag to trip over.
2016 looks to be a good year for VFX and film in general and these are only a few of a long list which we’re looking forward to seeing. The list goes on, but we’re greatly looking forward to seeing The Revenant, Rogue One (of course!), Suicide Squad, and John Wick 2 to name but a few.
So we look forward to 2016 and hope to create some brilliant work ourselves which we can share with you and tell you all about!
Happy New Year from all of us here at GLUE!