Visual effects and animation journalist Ian Failes
Dave Hodgins: The challenge for us was not about building a city per se, which we’ve done before, but building enough city to fly through at 500 mph. Our original city would only cover a couple hundred frames and we’d have to reset the camera. Asset-wise the city was a lot of work for lookdev and textures. The visual development for the city hadn’t been finalized when we started the sequence so we helped experiment with looks and color schemes for Sakaar. It was meant to be a very colorful city but we hadn’t defined if it was neon or pastel in its hues yet. On top of that, director Taika Waititi wanted the city to feel lived in but not industrial which steered our choice of windows, traffic and atmospherics.