There are 5 nominees for the SpearMynt Award for Outstanding Visual Effects
300: Rise of an Empire
I know this film rubbed some people the wrong way, but between the three gonzo performances and the beautiful visual style I was mesmerized. The way that everything is tainted and colour corrected gives the film a feeling of steam punk antiquity that I can’t help but fawn over.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
I had my problems with this film and its reception but I can’t take away from how gorgeous the whole affair looks. The MoCap on its own would be worthy of a nomination but the way the filmmakers used CGI along with traditional production design to create the world of the Apes is what solidifies this as an achievement in Visual Effects.
A real contender for the win here, everything about this movie from the dust bowl effects to the interstellar imagery is gorgeous. Nolan and his effects team really put in the work to make this universe feel real and that’s all I can ask for.
A movie that a lot of people hated but I loved and a large part of my appreciation for the film is due to the effects. The way the different prosthesis in the film are created is very cool and intricate and the shot above is one of my favourite sequences of the whole year.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
I am unapologetic in my love for this film and it is almost entirely because of the Dinobots. The visual animation of the transformers in this film is so superb that an almost 3 hour film felt like it was whizzing by the whole time. The highway chase and finale standout as two of the best VFX sequences of the year.
6 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
7 – Edge of Tomorrow
8 – Godzilla
9 – Fury
10 – Guardians of the Galaxy