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Apollo 13

Director: Ron Howard

Visual Effects Supervisor: Robert Legato

While audiences assumed the rocket launch scene was lifted from historical archives, it was actually a series of shots created by Digital Domain through a combination of models & miniatures (the rocket and launch pad) and CG animation (smoke, fire and landscape). These techniques were also used to generate space environments, views of Earth and ocean splashdown of the famous pod, with Digital Domain artists earning an Academy Award nomination for this film.