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Venom, the latest movie where a mumbling Tom Hardy makes it hard for you to understand a word of what he’s saying, broke the box office record for October on its first weekend and kept the top slot on its second weekend.
I’m not ashamed to say I actually enjoyed the movie quite a bit. Especially that motorcycle chase in San Francisco that I was convinced was shot on location. Turns out I was wrong, at least partially, and that I can’t really recognize the city where I work.
I talked about this and other behind-the-scenes moviemaking magic with Paul J. Franklin, Venom’s visual effects supervisor. The two-time Oscar winner (Interstellar, Inception) and regular Christopher Nolan collaborator also worked as a VFX consultant for another fall 2018 release, First Man.