A couple days ago, The L.A. Times gave us an intimate look at the studio trickery behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button through the eyes of Steve Preeg, animation supervisor over at Digital Domain. Preeg, who has performed groundbreaking work on projects as varied as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Final Fantasy, lays out the process in detail. Pay close attention and you’ll begin to understand just how much heart and pathos is necessary in the tech-driven work pumped out through their computers.

For a more visual representation, the Times article points us to Benjaminbuttonfx.com, where you can watch an eye-opening video of Brad’s transformation just as Preeg describes it.

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