YOU KNOW THOSE classmates who seem to know exactly what they want to do from a very young age? And then, after years of effort and focus and uncommon clarity, they go out into the world and accomplish that very thing?
Daniel Kruse was — and is — precisely that kind of student.
It was two decades ago that Kruse, 31, was attending a Landover magnet school for the arts and embracing the creativity and exacting craft of filmmaking. Today, Kruse — whose credits include “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” — is a rising visual talent in Hollywood.
On Nov. 2, Kruse’s latest film, the CG-animated “Wreck-It Ralph,” opens buoyed by Disney’s high hopes and strong backing. Kruse was responsible for lighting effects in “Sugar Rush,” a cotton candy-colored video game that the film’s main characters navigate — and helping to create this “My Little Pony”-meets-”Cars” world meant capturing the feel of a wide array of sugary surfaces.
Fortunately for viewers, Kruse is a master of eye candy.
“Everything has this saturated, beautiful color palette that you work hard to achieve,” Kruse tells Comic Riffs.
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