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Men in Black

[TriStar Pictures]

A streetwise NYPD detective joins a secret organization that polices extraterrestrial affairs on Earth.

From the fully animated CG close-up of Tony Shalhoub’s head to the one-quarter scale model of the Midtown Tunnel, Men in Black required ILM to utilize every tool in their repertoire of special effects techniques. Men in Black was a unique project for ILM because of the comedic performances the CG characters had to deliver in conjunction with the technical aspects of their creation.

Through a combination of amazing models, replicas, sets, robots, and CG effects, ILM was able to successfully navigate between two eras of visual effects (physical and digital) and two genres of films (comedy and action).

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor: Eric Brevid, Scott Farrar
ILM Animation Supervisor: Rob Coleman
ILM Visual Effects Producer: Denis Ream, Jacqueline M. Lopez
ILM Visual Effects Art Director: David Nakabayashi
ILM Studios: San Francisco