The CAF Production Session: So Different Yet So Marvel

by on Aug.09, 2011, under Computer Animation Festival, SIGGRAPH 2011

Today in Ballroom C/D, attendees gathered to catch the production session titled “The Visual Effects of Thor and Captain America: So Different Yet So Marvel.” The session kicked off with the inspiration for Asgard which is a melding of capturing the mood of Asgard in the comic’s art, using classic fine art imagery and science fiction references. It then transitioned into both the challenges and opportunities of creating a great establishing shot. This poses a challenge because you have to create a fully developed world from buildings to inhabitants whether it’s something the audience ever sees or not. The establishing shot message came up again later with Captain America and the 1940s Brooklyn setting.┬áThe panel hopscotched from Visual Effects Supervisor to Visual Effects Supervisor as they covered the techniques used to make CG blend well with live action. A key example of this, is “Skinny Steve” in Captain America; actor Chris Evans is a large man and it was a bit of a challenge to make his smaller counterpart in the movie while still keeping Chris Evan’s performance (rather than a digi-double).

The session made it more apparent than ever that creating movies is a huge collaborative effort. One fact in particular brought this to the forefront: over 13 companies worked on the visual effects for Captain America.

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