To satisfy my curiosity, I recently flew out to Los Angeles to meet with Kazuhiro Tsuji, who graciously agreed to sit with me. Kazuhiro told me that he moved to the US from Japan many years ago to pursue special effects but that his true passion is art.
Special effects essentially recreates physical things that can't exist, or can't exist conveniently, on a sound stage. Often times crews make models and big rigs -- or more appropriately, whatever the script calls for.
We think of green screens as a unique tool that can transport us into deep space or out to sea with a few edits, but they can be so much goofier than that. The true magic of the green screen is that it can become whatever you can dream up.
It has never made sense to me that those preoccupied with how movies are delivered have for years written off "physical media" as "dead" even though the evidence shows it isn't happening and won't for years to come.
Fans of dance and house music won't want to miss my backstage footage from the recent GIRLS4BOYS Tour, when rising dance music acts Kwanza Jones, Liz Primo and Katrina hit LGBT night clubs along the West Coast.