Whether you loved every aspect of Marvel’s Doctor Strange or, like our critic, were somewhat underwhelmed by the origin story at the heart of the film, there’s no denying the film’s visual effects are a marvel of CGI artistry. Wizardry of the technological kind broke the film out of the mold of the standard Marvel movie and turned the tale of Doctor Strange’s supernatural awakening into a breathtaking spectacle, ranging from ever-shifting urban geographies to a high-speed multidimensional flight that can leave audiences almost as short of breath as the film’s protagonist. Credit for this innovative visual storytelling belongs to director Scott Derrickson, who tackled the massive comic-book property after a pair of indie horror flicks, Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil. It’s actually the second time Derrickson has gone from two smaller horror films to a big-budget studio tentpole: He did the same thing in 2008, following up Hellraiser: Inferno and The Exorcism Of Emily Rose with the troubled production The Day The Earth Stood Still. Prior to the digital and Blu-ray releases of Doctor Strange on February 14, The A.V. Club spoke with Derrickson about the differences between these two filmmaking experiences, the profound changes in CGI technology,… Read full this story
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