Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

Anytime you’re filming a science fiction film, especially one in space, the visual effects and what they will accomplish become almost a front-runner in determining how your film is going to be perceived. “The Martian” places its characters on Mars. Obviously they are not filming on Mars, so whatever desert plain they do end up shooting on must be transformed into the redish hue of that planet. Even down to things as simple as reflections on space helmets must be fabricated. As you what the visual effects breakdown, you see the green screen work being put into place, with a seamless transition from real desert to visual enhanced desert. The blast from an explosion, the taking off of a spaceship, down to the stars in the sky must eventually be added in post production and without the efforts of the visual effects team, you’d be looking at a situation resembling the men from JBL not being able to deliver on the probe being sent to Watney in the film. It becomes like an artist pressing paint to paper as these visual effects artists add layer after layer to make these types of films feel authentic.

What’s its competition? With unprecedented support, “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” will likely be the toughest competition to beat in most categories, including this one. Also, with huge support for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” that too cannot be counted out. Not only are “The Martian” and “Mad Max: Fury Road”  similar in the location of their shooting and having to tint the film to match those aesthetics, with more people supporting the latter, but they also both garner the Best Picture nomination, as does “The Revenant.” And with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” being another science fiction film in space, the chances of “The Martian” pulling off a win in this category is pretty slim.

Previous nominations? These are the first Academy Award nominations for Anders Langlands and Steven Warner. This is the third Academy Award nomination for Richard Stammers. He was previously nominated for:

    Nominee, Visual Effects
  • PROMETHEUS (2012)
    Nominee, Visual Effects

This is the second Academy Award nomination for Chris Lawrence. He was previously nominated for:

  • GRAVITY (2013)
    Winner, Visual Effects

“The Martian” (2015) Trailer:

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// Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Aditya Sood, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam // Directed by Ridley Scott //
// Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  18 films – 26 days //

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