Nominees: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Headed up by Janek Sirrs, an Oscar winner for The Matrix, the Avengers’ VFX team worked on an eye-watering 2200 effects shots. Disney assembled a veritable Avengers of effects houses, including ILM, Weta Digital, Digital Domain, Hydraulx and Scanline VFX to pre-viz, design and create them, with this showreel flaunting the ILM sequences led by Jeff White. The biggest challenges were marrying Hulk’s physicality and Mark Ruffalo’s likeability, while getting the look right – “We had a slogan on the whiteboard behind us, ‘Green is hard’,” White tells FX Guide, – and painstakingly recreating New York in digital, so that the real Manhattan could remain cosily Chitauri-free. Forty square blocks of Manhattan was recreated from eight weeks’ worth of photo-references, taken by four snappers. Nothing puny about this.