MPC Aids Skyfall VFX

Congrats to Skyfall for making the Oscar VFX bake off. Speaking of which, MPC delivered more than 300 shots for Skyfall’s stirring climax, (overseen by VFX supervisor Arundi Asregadoo and VFX producer Philip Greenlow).

MPC’s work consisted of the creation of the environment around Skyfall (a mountainous Scottish Highland home), the crash landing of a CG helicopter, a thrilling foot chase over a frozen lake, explosions, and FX work and various set extensions.

In terms of the environment, MPC created a classic Highland setting, a misty, cold and isolated place. The Environment and DMP team, led by Isabelle Rouselle and Jerome Martinez, used an initial stitch of highland stills to construct a high-res 360 degrees cyclorama containing mountains, trees and a frozen lake. An efficient pipeline was then established, allowing the team to construct and iterate the layout of the mountains to get the correct levels of stature, shape and style. These were later dressed to give the appearance of an ice-cold terrain.

For the final sequence where the Merlin helicopter crashes, the modeling team built a CG version based on a real helicopter, while MPC’s in-house proprietary destruction software Kali was used to animate the destruction caused by the crash. Smoke, fire, debris, and down draught were later comped in. For wider shots, the team re-projected a miniature of the helicopter onto tweaked animation in order to enhance the energy and pace of the sequence.

DMPs were used to create a frozen lake. Underwater scenes were extended and added with CG bubbles and flare ignitions.

MPC also added frozen breaths to characters in more than 70 shots. Driven entirely in compositing, the team combined stock and bespoke elements to get the right style, size, and speed for the breath.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, James Bond, Movies, Oscar, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX

One Response to MPC Aids Skyfall VFX

  1. Gene Hamm

    That is amazing. The shots looked so real. I am glad they added breath in post so the actors could be more comfortable. I always wondered why in TITANIC, with a $200 million dollar budget, depicting the North Atlantic, but shot in warm Mexico, they didn’t add breath in post.

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