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.