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Before And After: A Look At Life Of Pi's Visual Effects
Six steps to the perfect storm

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4. Make The Ocean A Character...

Working alongside effects house Rhythm & Hues, and to a lesser degree, BUF, Look FX, Crazy Horse, Lola FX and Legacy Effects, Rocheron's team spent two years putting together what would eventually comprise 12 minutes of digital ocean. The 110 effects shots MPC completed in that time required a deep understanding of the behaviour of oceans. "This isn't the first time we've simulated an ocean", explains Rocheron, "but normally it's like throwing a ball into a bathtub and hoping the splash hits". Not this time.

"There aren't any shots in this sequence that aren't done on purpose, so when a wave hits the Tsimtsum, it's to get a particular feeling into a shot. Ang would say: 'I want to see the black ocean and then that big splash hitting the side of the Tsimtsum'. There's a performance in what the ocean is doing and how it triggers events. Nature is stronger than everything else, and this drives both the camera and Pi's action on the lifeboat."

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I saw this film last week at a special screening and i thought it was amazing! by far, one of the best films of the year, visuals to story were amazing! thankyou Ang Lee for bringing this great story to life! More

Posted by Armani88 on Saturday December 22, 2012, 10:27

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It's easy to forget while watching it just how much time and effort people have put into creating every single shot. Impressive. More

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3 Nice to see some honesty
It is refreshing that the production company have allowed the work done by VFX to be recognised in the publicity, rather than the usual BS and lies about "we shot it for real" or all the actors did their own stunts that usually comes out. More

Posted by iwantbitty on Friday December 21, 2012, 12:17


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