The Visual Effects Society (VES) puts on these screenings around not only town, but the world, at friendly post production houses with their own theatres. This time, Framestore was kind enough to donate their facility to the small throng of assembled artists and techies.
Chatting to folks from DNEG, MPC, and other well-known names I caught a glimpse into the buzz that surrounds working in the film business. These glimpses are far from rare, but great to see.
I won’t review the film itself, but it was a blast. A two hour action romp through our familiarly fictionalised world. And it was funny. Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt with his Impossible Mission Force (which, yes, sounds like something from kids TV. But hey, it shows that you can’t take the latest instalments seriously). Faces old and recent grace the scenes and yet another dastardly plot must be resolved. And there are no plot holes. Or moments to snigger at. At all. None. OK some. Several, in fact. But it’s a thoroughly enjoyable film anyway so who cares? And what’s more, Cruise is actually good with comic timing. Beer also makes things run more smoothly.
Talking to Martin Ciastko (VES’s Treasurer) after the screening I dropped in a sneaky request to come to more of these events. They’re a great excuse to meet new people, hang out with like-minded, and enjoy the industry we all have some small (or large) part in.
The VES is on a something of a membership drive, so if you’re not part of the community then get over to their membership page and see if you’re eligible to register. It’s definitely worth it.