January 16, 2013 – On the big screen, a black helicopter glides toward a terrorist compound, stirring up dust and pointing out the direction of suspense and action to come.  

From a visual effects perspective, that helicopter, the lighting and every particle of dust and sand in every frame all go back to data points in a software program. And for the massive data loads for helicopter and other effects scenes in “Zero Dark Thirty,” feature film visuals experts Image Engine turned to some novel processing and scaling options.

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