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Before And After: A Look At Life Of Pi's Visual Effects
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6. Work With An Effects-Friendly Director

Although Ang Lee isn't a director you'd immediately associate with effects-heavy filmmaking, Hulk and some Taking Woodstock CG shots aside, Rocheron credits him with putting the VFX process front and centre on his call-sheet. Alongside the movie's VFX head Bill Westenhofer, Rocheron was also a regular at the film's Taiwanese wave tank where he'd meet with the director and report on the status of particular shots. 

"Ten years ago VFX would involve a couple of shots designed to do a very specific thing in the film, without every being integrated into the filmmaking process. Here, Ang made visual effects part of his daily routine. Bill (Westenhofer) would present the work to him, we'd be there too, and we'd get feedback from Ang straight away with his editor, Tim Squyres, there too. Filmmaker, editorial and visual effects all in one room trying to get the movie made. I hope things evolve that way because visual effects is part of the filmmaking process."

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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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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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