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THIS STUDIO HAS A SPECIAL EFFECT ON MOVIES

Visual effects shop Crafty Apes has worked on a string of Hollywood hits like La La Land and Hidden Figures.
For a Hidden Figures scene depicting an astronaut’s prelaunch walk to board a space capsule, Crafty Apes combined scenes from an enclosed set with new footage it filmed at NASA’s Cape Canaveral complex (where the actual Mercury missions launched) for added authenticity and a larger sense of scale in the final shot.

FEW FILMS IN 2016 inspired gushing praise like La La Land. The musical romance that notched a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations opens with one of the year’s most buzzworthy scenes: five minutes of nonstop singing and twirling on a gridlocked Los Angeles freeway.

But what received less attention were the visual effects that made the scene possible. Crafty Apes helped stitch together a succession of cuts—the camera occasionally whipping from dancers on car hoods to cyclists performing acrobatics—to make the sequence appear

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