Taking a Deeper Look at VFX Oscar Nominees

It’s a tight race between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar, yet all five contenders demonstrate how tech has freed artists to create captivating performances and believable environments.

1. For Apes, Weta Digital developed an on-set performance capture system (including bodysuits, cameras, markers, lighting) to shoot apes and humans together outdoors in less than ideal conditions. They also went beneath the skin to create physically-based skeletons, muscle systems and a new dynamics-based fur system. Because the apes talk, they added face shapes, adjusted the skin and rebuilt the eyelids and skin around the eyes, and improved moisture around the eyes while incorporating some of the actors’ likenesses into the apes’ eyes and brows.

5. The return of Bryan Singer made X-Men: Days of Future Past a glorious mind-bender. However, Rising Sun Pictures stole the show at last Saturday’s bakeoff with the dazzling Quicksilver (Evan Peters) Kitchen sequence. This generated the most enthusiastic response and helped deliver the nomination. It involved an intricate blend of live-action, CG props and VFX. Everything from frying pans, knives, pots of boiling soup, carrots and bullets were rendered in near microscopic detail, placed precisely within the geometry of the kitchen and choreographed to move and react realistically to lighting, other objects and characters. Then the frame rate was manipulated for the mischievous Quicksilver to throw off the assailants in hilarious fashion.

Read the rest at TOH/Indiewire.

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

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