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By Patrick Kevin Day In a special effects bonanza like "Watchmen," a single effect like Dr. Manhattan's eerie blue look may be lost in the tumult of nuclear explosions, flying ships, Martian palaces and Antarctic lairs, but with over 300 shots totaling more than 38 minutes of screen time -- most of it spent doing nothing more than talking -- the effect had to be executed with perfection. Visual effects supervisor John "D.J." Des Jardin toyed with many ways of creating the blue glowing character before thinking of Sony Pictures Imageworks and its motion capture work on films such as "Beowulf" and "The Polar Express." "No one had seen any footage from 'Beowulf' yet," said Des Jardin. "But they'd spent two years working on the technology already. So if we could inherit that as a starting point, we'd be set."
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