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Making Magic: Behind The Scenes Of This Year's Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects
Watch videos that take a closer look at the 2013 Oscar Visual Effect nominees

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The Avengers

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.

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Life of Pi will win, no doubt in my mind More

Posted by Moronifighter on Thursday January 17, 2013, 12:59

2 Awesome stuff
I Think ILM should win an Oscar just for that VFX breakdown. That was excellent and creative! Obviously it'll go to The Hobbit though. And rightly so. More

Posted by Deydalarozi on Wednesday January 16, 2013, 18:30


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