Cinesite creates VFX for Battle: Los Angeles
Battle: Los Angeles was released in cinemas last week and leading VFX house Cinesite has been showing off some of the incredible battle sequences from the film
Cinesite was responsible for many of the standout battle sequences in the sci-fi thriller, which follows Marine sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his platoon as they take a stand for mankind against an unknown enemy that’s invading and destroying Los Angeles.
The VFX studio worked on a series of shots, which included depictions of a smouldering downtown LA and the invasion of the Santa Monica beach.
Cinesite’s visual effects team was headed up by visual effects supervisor Ben Shepherd, who spent 10 months working on the film, including 6 weeks on set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The team applied realistic smoke, dust, fire and water explosions. Physical elements shot on location were composited onto digital matte paintings.
Layers of haze, smoke and dust were created in Maya Fluids and Cinesite’s proprietary software, csSmoke.
“We really enjoyed working on this feature. It enabled us to use the full breadth of our talents from creature creation through to crafting complex elements.
“Jonathan [Liebesman, director] was inspired to work with us after seeing our work on Generation Kill and trusted us to deliver something that would go beyond his vision,” says Antony Hunt, managing director of Cinesite.
More in 3D World magazine
For an extensive behind the scenes look at the VFX for Battle: Los Angeles, look out for the May edition of 3D World, out on 7 April, in which we talk at length with both Cinesite and SpinVFX.
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on Monday, March 14th, 2011 at 2:29 pm under Movies, Showcase.
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