Magazine article Variety

Michael Gracey: ‘As We’re Hugging, Hugh Whispers, “Yeah, Mate, They Think I Know You”’

Magazine article Variety

Michael Gracey: ‘As We’re Hugging, Hugh Whispers, “Yeah, Mate, They Think I Know You”’

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For first-time director Michael Gracey, transitioning from commercials and music videos to featurelength films was "the difference between sprinting and a marathon." The Aussie got his start working in visual effects but developed a knack for directing after working on music video "Karma" by 1200 Techniques. He combines his talents for musical biopic "The Greatest Showman."

How did you start in visual effects?

Classically, it's the child who looks up at their parents who says, "This is how the future is going to be," and it's the parents who don't understand because they're set in their ways. For me, it was the exact opposite. My dad sat me down at an IBM AT with a black screen and green text and said, "This is going to change the way that all image making is done in the future." I looked up at him, the classic teenager, and said, "Yeah, Dad, everyone wants to look at green pictures." He looked at me like I was the village idiot. It was such a disappointing moment for him. Year after year, I see the advancements in computer imagery and get reminded of my stupidity as a teenager. …

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