Film | Interview with Steve Begg: “It’s all about the special effects!”
Motion pictures; two hours of accelerating, funny and out-of-this-world events brought to life in front of you on the big screen. Watching a movie often proves to be the public's most popular pass-time and an incredible source of mind-blowing entertainment.
The world of cinema is transforming before our very eyes, becoming more visually appealing and showcasing the impossible. What once seemed unimaginable now seems within our reach. Aliens attack earth, hobbits follow a wizard's advice to destroy a magic ring and zombies cause havoc for Rick Grimes.
It is unlikely while you are enjoying binge-watching your favourite genre that you stop to think about how it is possible.
Steve Begg, a visual effects expert, is one of the many talented visual effect artists that work tirelessly to bring your dreams to life. Steve is best known for his artistic contribution to movies such as Casino Royale, Skyfall, Tim Burton's Batman and Aliens.
Steve's passion for visual effects came at an early age and was greatly inspired by his long-term hero and friend's work, Derek Meddings. From a working-class background, and a lack of education available at the time for visual effects, Steve took it upon himself to learn an art that would one day change the course of cinema history.
Steve dreamed of following the path of his hero, who worked on productions such as Thunderbirds and James Bond. Little did he know that his dream would one day become a reality. However, not only did he accomplish his dream to work on similar productions, but he also worked side-by-side with the man himself.
It hasn't all been sunshine and rainbows for the visual effects' artist who has been in the industry for over 30 years. With media technology constantly changing, the effect tricks of the past often struggle to fit in with the visual effects of the future. However, this hasn't stopped Steve who often likes to mix the old and new ways together for an even better visual experience.
When I asked about filming the train, I was told that we weren't going to be shooting a real train. The challenge came in shooting a fake train against a green screen and making it look real. The director really enjoyed using CGI shots, even when not necessary.
Steve isn't ready to stop taking the world by storm just yet and is already working on a brand-new project series directed at children. The production is still in the making but could soon be available for public viewing.
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