Part one of our special four-part series, "Oscar on Mars."
We're kicking off a series leading up to this Oscars, focusing on the movie "The Martian." It's been nominated in seven categories, including some we might not normally think about — sound design, mixing, visual effects and more. We're diving into those fields to get a sense of how movies are put together — and what makes them powerful.
"The Martian" is about a manned mission to Mars in the near-future. Astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, is believed to be killed in a storm and his crew leaves him behind on Mars.
So, Mark Watney uses scientific ingenuity to reach NASA and survive on a hostile planet.
We're calling our series "Oscar on Mars," and we're first tackling the movie's Academy Award-nominated visual effects.
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