Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Philly Visual Effects House Makes Vampires Real

DIVE, the Philadelphia Visual Effects house, is all over "Let Me In" and several other big new films

Philly Visual Effects House Makes Vampires Real

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Washington Square's post-production and visual effects factory DIVE has had a busy year, and its deft digital work can be seen in Let Me In, the thrilling, chilling and -- yes, tender – tween-age vampire tale opening Friday. If the snow-covered New Mexico desert-scapes in Matt Reeves’ movie look particularly eerie, thank DIVE for that, and also for the look on actress Chloe Moretz’s face as she transforms from palid 12-year-old into bloodsucking, wall-climbing fiend. Altogether, DIVE produced 87 visual effect shots for the film.

In addition, five films coming to the Philadelphia Film Festival (Oct. 14-24), and then slated for release in the weeks and months ahead, have DIVE work in them, or work done at Shooters Post and Transfer, the post-production facility DIVE shares its Curtis Center home with. The titles are Fair Game, with Naomi Watts as exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame; The Best and the Brightest, a comedy about a couple’s quest to get their kid into the right kindergarten, with Neil Patrick Harris; Café, set in a West Philly espresso joint and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt; Lebanon, PA, Ben Hickernell’s indie about a man’s transformation in the wake of his father’s death, and OC87: The Obsessive, Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie, an intensely personal doc about, and co-directed by, Philly filmmaker Bud Clayman.
For info about DIVE, click here. For info about Philadelphia Film Festival, click here.
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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