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Life

[Sony Pictures Entertainment]

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

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Director: Daniel Espinosa
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor: Mark Bakowski
ILM Executive Visual Effects Producer: Nina Fallon
ILM Studios: San Francisco, London

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Life

Release Date: March 24, 2017

Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

ILM worked on two key sequences, one of which incorporated a 10,000-frame shot that focused on showing the astronauts at work in zero gravity inside the International Space Station. This 5-and-a-half-minute-long shot, served as the opening sequence of the film. To create the shot, ILM's effects team seamlessly stitched together 17 disparate live action plates, adding many strategic floating items along the way. The team also did extensive wire removal and plate reconstruction throughout.

The second sequence was dominated by a 1,000-frame shot where the camera reveals the ISS in low Earth orbit. ILM generated lens flare elements to stand in for the sun, and a detailed matte painting completed the illusion.