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Eileen Moran: A Special Effects Wizard’s Highlights Reel

Posted on 12/6/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyEileen Moran started out with ambitions of becoming an actor, like her college classmate John Turturro. But instead, she ended up creating a different sort of magic on the screen. As a visual effects producer, Moran helped conjure up the magic that made scores of Hollywood films into spectacular viewing experiences, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, to Avatar,  Prometheus and the 2005 remake of King Kong. The New York native, who died …

Carlo Rambaldi: In Motion Pictures, He Put the ‘Special’ in Special Effects

Posted on 08/14/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you were enthralled by the diminutive, charming protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s E.T., the towering ape in the 1976 remake of King Kong,  or the hideous, homicidal beast in Ridley Scott’s Alien, thank Carlo Rambaldi. Rambaldi, a special-effects wizard who died Aug. 10 at age 86  in his native Italy, won Academy Awards for visual effects for all three of those films. Spielberg hailed Rambaldi as “E.T.’s Geppetto,” a reference to the fictional woodcarver who created Pinocchio, but Rambaldi’s skills …