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Oscar-winning VFX supervisor John Gaeta turned the tables on film critics here Monday at the Edit Filmmakers Festival.

"Critics have so many conflicts of interests," he said. "They feel that they are power brokers. I tend to put aside established critics. Now I am sampling bloggers who are not put in a high position. That I feel is the true reaction."

Gaeta said he believes that his latest VFX work, "Speed Racer," was "a vastly misunderstood film from the beginning of its creation."

He described the look as "photo anime" and discussed early tests on the complex work.

"Our objective," Gaeta said, "was to take the purity of pop art and create something original." He added that the filmmakers wanted to reach a "new generation of filmgoers — younger folks who are growing up with a wider array of media where they get their entertainment."

Bill Kinder, director of editorial and postproduction at Pixar Animation Studios, presented a look at animation editing and postproduction, using examples from Disney/ Pixar's "WALL-E." He said that animation editors use "many of the same tactics that are deployed for VFX films" and predicted that the disciplines would merge.

The day concluded with a conversation with 2008 Festival Honors recipient Anne V. Coates, Oscar-winning editor for "Lawrence of Arabia," interviewed by fellow Oscar-winning editor Tom Rolf ("The Right Stuff").

The festival, which wraps today, is staged in cooperation with American Cinema Editors and Imago, the European Association of Cinematographers. (partialdiff)
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