The eyewitness to a murder in Blink, Emma Brody (Madeleine Stowe) has had her vision restored after years of blindness. But she can’t trust her eyes yet: People and objects ooze by as if reflected in fun-house mirrors. What’s more, her brain grafts faces from the past onto bodies of the present.
While some of Emma’s visions were created by sliding and rotating special filters in front of the camera, most were concocted by computer. Digital manipulation allowed individual shots to be selectively distorted for maximum dramatic effect, explains Art Durinski, the digital visual effects supervisor. During a scene in which Emma tries to identify the killer in a police lineup, she confusedly sees the face of the murderer on each man’s body. Actor Paul Dillon doubled for the five men in the lineup, and then his face was blurred. Ultimately, one of the faces was programmed to burst through Emma’s fog. ”But he had to come into focus at the right point,” says Durinski, ”where his eyes are really nasty looking.”