The CAF Production Session “New Solutions for New Challenges” discussed the challenges of three of their movies. They began with “Cowboys & Aliens” which had over 600 visual effects shots and was made possible with the help of 3rd party vendors. The biggest challenge was creating a realistic world with both an 1870′s western town and aliens. The design of the weapons and aliens were discussed in addition to the techniques employed on-set to maintain eye lines.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” presentation focused on the challenges presented by the mermaids, because of their continual redesign. Other challenges faced were what references to use for the movement of the mermaids and the design of the mermaid’s tail.
The main challenge from “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” was destroying Chicago; the talk focused on the best techniques to use to tear down a building.