Mid-Year VFX Report: Godzilla and Marvel Rule

Without a Gravity this year, the wow factor might not be as strong but certainly the Oscar race is now wide open. Yet in surveying the first half of 2014, only Godzilla looks like a potential nominee. But there are still plenty of bake-off contenders, with solid VFX work on display in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent. and Edge of Tomorrow.

For the first CG Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards wanted a more believable and empathetic creature, so Moving Picture Company (MPC) delivered a photo-realistic Kaiju (under the VFX supervision of “Life of Pi” Oscar-winner Guillaume Rocheron). From the underlying bones, fat, and muscle structure to the thickness and texture of his scales, Godzilla was given lots of detail.

The star of the surprisingly good Winter Soldier is neither Captain America nor the Winter Soldier: it’s the next-gen Helicarrier, a real marvel and the ultimate superweapon that can stay in orbit while killing millions of victims at once.

Digital Domain did some major facial capture advancement on the three flower pixies in Maleficent  (under the supervision of Kelly Port). Using the real faces and heads of the actresses (Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Juno Temple), DD digitally put them onto 21-inch size CG pixies and flew them around like hummingbirds. This required a more complex facial range and considerably more dialog than had previously been attempted, and also demanded extremely complex hairstyles and multi-layered, dynamic wardrobes made of petals, thistles, leaves, and twigs.

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production

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