The final scenes of Fallen Kingdom, in which several dinos have escaped captivity and are now out in the ‘human world’, hint at exciting times to come. Two moments in particular stand-out: the sight of a giant Mosasaurus coming through a wave amidst a group of surfers, and a T. Rex roaring at a lion in a zoo.
These scenes – which actually featured in trailers and TV spots for the film – required extensive visual effects work. Fallen Kingdom VFX supervisor Alex Wuttke from Industrial Light & Magic tells vfxblog how the memorable moments happened. Continue reading A lion and a Mosasaurus: how those fun end moments of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom came to be
For Thrillist, I wrote about some of the awesome ways effects were used in unusual ways to help make Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, including cat litter, a roller coaster and inflatable puppets.
“We gave Neal a 200 million polygon file from the T. rex at one-to-one scale. He started printing it but two days later he rang me panicking, going, ‘David, David. I can see poly faces! I can see the polygons in my 3D print! We need more resolution!’” – David Vickery, visual effects supervisor, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
At one point in J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the characters Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) find themselves in a shipping container with a groggy T. rex…which then wakes up.
It’s a thrilling scene, thanks to the close-quarters action, and one that involved a close collaboration between Neal Scanlan’s practical creatures and ILM’s digital visual effects, overseen by supervisors David Vickery and Alex Wuttke. That collaboration included the provision of digital models early on from ILM to Scanlan so that the practical and CG dinos would match as tightly as possible.
vfxblog sat down with David Vickery at ILM in London where the VFX supe outlined how the T. rex container sequence was handled. Continue reading The best of both Jurassic worlds: practical and digital
I talked to Pixar for this issue of 3D Artist – it’s a pretty special one.
The latest VFX Voice magazine with Incredibles 2 on the cover is an issue I loved writing for – it includes a chat with Pixar producers for that film, plus VFX supes on ‘what’s in their kit’, coverage of Black Panther, Infinity War and Stranger Things 2.
If you just think for a second that all the compositing for Who Framed Roger Rabbit was done optically, it blows your mind. Check out my interview with ILM’s then optical photography supervisor Ed Jones about how that was done, on the 30th anniversary of the film, at Cartoon Brew.
A look behind the scenes at how Weta Digital, Imageworks, Animal Logic and ILM craft digital foliage, at 3D World magazine. Loved writing this one.
A look at some new animation software made for TeamTO’s new project, Mighty Mike & the Wild Bunch, at Cartoon Brew.
In my book, Masters of FX, I profiled 16 visual and special effects supervisors about their bodies of work. One of those was Ian Hunter, who, through Hunter/Gratzner Industries and New Deal Studios, has contributed a wealth of practical, miniature, and other effects work for large scale films and other projects.
Hunter supervised the miniature explosion of the federal building in The X-Files Movie, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. Back in 1998, the film featured a mix of practical and digital effects work, but the building explosion and subsequent partial collapse – which happens very early on – was easily the most spectacular scene.
That work made its way as a dedicated spread into Masters of FX, but as a special for the anniversary, I’m sharing Hunter’s full notes on that scene that he prepared for me for the book. Read on to find out more about the concept of ‘pre-disastering’, air rams and cut-up phone books. Continue reading On the 20th anniversary of The X-Files Movie: ‘splosions!
For Cartoon Brew, I talked to Encyclopedia Pictura about their neat DIY minisodes for Cartoon Network.