Article by Jody Duncan
As a youth in his native Toronto, David Cronenberg devoured with relish the iconoclastic prose of beat generation author William S. Burroughs. Thirty years later, he was to write and direct a screen adaptation of Burroughs' most celebrated novel, Naked Lunch. Having populated his bizarre script with a variety of never-before-seen creatures — from emaciated mugwumps to talking insect-typewriters — Cronenberg engaged the effects artisans of Chris Walas Incorporated to breathe life into some of his film's most important characters.
Return to Neverland
Article by Mark Cotta Vaz
For director Steven Spielberg, Hook fulfilled a seven-year recurring dream to bring the classic story of Peter Pan to the screen for modern audiences. Accompanying the eternal boy — now a grown-up attorney who has lost touch with his youth — back to Neverland were Spielberg regulars including physical effects provider Michael Lantieri and the visual effects artists of Industrial Light & Magic. Surrounded by an army of designers and technicians, Spielberg mounted a $70 million epic destined to be remembered as the most lavish studio production in recent history.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscoverd Country
Letting Slip the Dogs of War
Article by Kevin H. Martin
A cataclysmic disaster prompts an unprecedented offering of peace from the Klingon empire. Thematically and time-wise, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country echoed the coincident collapse of the Soviet Union and the demise of series creator Gene Roddenberry. In this atmosphere of significant finality, director Nicholas Meyer — veteran of two previous Star Trek features — marshaled the forces of Industrial Light & Magic and makeup supervisor Michael J. Mills to help realize on film the last mission of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise.