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DARK CITY: DFX RECORD

Australian digital design capability, in technical as well as creative terms, has never been better tested than with Dark City, which required a record 300 digital effect shots.

Sydney-based Dfilm Services (joint venture of Atlab and Acme Digital) won the contract, and by all accounts, passed the test. Critics unfailingly refer to the visual language and successful image design:

"…it creates and sustains a visually startling alternate universe." Todd McCarthy, Variety

"Dark City by Alex Proyas is a great visionary achievement, a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like Metropolis' and 2001: A Space Odyssey. If it is true, as the German director Werner Herzog believes, that we live in an age starved of new images, then Dark City is a film to nourish us. Not a story so much as an experience, it is a triumph of art direction, set design, cinematography, special effects--and imagination." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The cinematic vision that propels Dark City is powerful and cohesive. I am in awe of his cinematic language, his ability to conjure with images, to suggest, to deepen the impact and to mesmerise with metaphysics and imagination." Andrew L. Urban

"Alex Proyas’ vision is a striking cinematic work with stunning production design and technology that grabs and sustains interest." Louise Keller

"The director has created a dark and solemn society, and his creation of this 'dark city' is a feast of stylised images, blended together in remarkable and original fusion." Paul Fischer

"The joy of working with Andrew Mason and Alex Proyas," says Dfilm’s Peter Doyle, "stems from their comfort level with visual effects. Visual effects should not stifle a director’s visual intention – it should be an aid. The moment of realisation can now be much closer to the moment of creation, thus the performance and spontaneity of a visual effect is now something that can be considered."

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