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The "Gravity" juggernaut, the surprising entry of "The Lone Ranger," the new and improved "Iron Man 3," the ascendance of "Star Trek Into Darkness" and the J.J. Abrams factor, and the power of the eponymous dragon from "The Desolation of Smaug." We reflect on the great year for VFX with the lead supervisors of all five Oscar nominees. "Everything about ['Gravity'] was a different process," reasserts Framestore's Tim Webber. "Because of the total physicality of what happens in space and the fact that that can't be replicated on Earth, we had to know what was going to happen in the final shot because it wouldn't necessarily be happening when we shot it. So in order to capture the right camera moves, the right lighting, the right performance, the right eye lines, we would have to know what was going to happen in incredible detail. And there were a multitude of tools, »

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