Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course Lift off This Weekend

By VFS Web Team, on July 22, 2016

Despite layers of prosthetics rendering Idris Elba unrecognizable (It’s like putting a blanket over the Mona Lisa…), we cannot wait to see the latest film in the rebooted incarnation of Star Trek. Remember how skeptical fans were when J.J. Abrams launched the first one in 2009? Sure, fine, it was meant to broaden the appeal to mainstream filmgoers, but man was it fun or was it fun? To us, these films land in that sweet spot of remake success stories: letting us play in a familiar sandbox but also doing their own thing.

Directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), expect Star Trek Beyond to throw you into a fast-paced adventure with plenty of special effects and beloved character dynamics. Critics are saying that Lin’s also managed to tap into the humanity of the world, balancing action with a lot of heart.

Based on early reviews, here’s a quick summary of some things to look forward to:

  1. Cast gives their best performances to date
  2. Amazing action sequences and visuals
  3. Complex story

What else do you need? And we know some people who helped with that list…

Congratulations to grads from Acting Essentials, Acting for Film + Television, Film Production, 3D Animation + Visual Effects, and Makeup for Film + Television who worked on the film. They are:

Adam DiMarco (Actor)
Woodrow Fudge (Assistant Production Coordinator)
Vivek Karmarkar (Compositor)
Marco Leone (Digital Compositor)
Alberto Landeros (Digital Compositor)
Abdullah Ecirli (Digital Compositor)
Kristin Pratt (Layout Lead)
Farhad Mohasseb (Lead Compositor)
Eric Wong (Lighting TD)
Inki Jo (Lighting TD)
Alec Geldart (Matte Painter)
Jordan Ewan (Remote Head Tech)
Christine Peterson (Senior Compositor)
Frida Norrman (Special Makeup Effects Artist)
Stavroula Ioanniti (VFS Compositor)
Jesse Sturdy (VFX Data Assistant)
Janelle Day (Visual Effects Coordinator)
Lukas Tiberio Klopfenstein (Roto Prep Artist)
Shane Meehan (Roto Supervisor)
Tim Tobin (Roto Artist)
Josiah Nathan (Roto Artist)
Leonardo Bonisolli (Animator)


We would also like to congratulate the VFS grads from Classical Animation and Sound Design for Visual Media who worked on Ice Age: Collision Course. They are: Frank Akrong (Digital Compositor), Jeremy Bowker (Sound Effects Editor), and Ran Jing (Story Artist).



We love the acorn-obsessed squirrel. He’s a perfect throw back to the Looney Tunes era!

Congrats, all! 

*If we've missed any alumni in this post, please email us at and we'll be happy to update!