5 more incredible VFX scenes
We showed you the 50 best-ever VFX scenes in the magazine, then we showed you 10 more classics online. But these clips just keep reappearing – here are five more VFX scenes that can’t be missed
View the 10 must-see VFX scenes post
See 3D World issue 146 for the best-ever VFX scenes
Or carry on for 5 more great examples of visual effects…
District 9 (2009)
Still from District 9
Dir: Neill Blomkamp
VFX: The Embassy Visual Effects
Killer sequence: Exoskeleton fight scene -a mutating civil servant defends his alien chum in a stonking exoskeletal Battle Suit
Why watch it?: Hapless civil servant, Wikus van de Merwe, finds himself piloting an alien Battle Suit in an attempt to protect his ‘prawn’ buddy from mercenary fire.
Weta Digital provided the mothership shots, but became swamped by the workload of Avatar. So at this point Blomkamp made the most of his meagre $30 million budget by turning to Vancouver-based facilities, with Image Engine doing the CG creature work, The Embassy on Battle Suit duty, and the province of British Columbia providing the tax breaks. The suit was built and animated in Softimage XSI, lit with HDR imagery and employed a special occlusion map to add layers of dust. The live action footage was shot handheld on a RED camera, and matchmoved in SynthEyes for compositing in Shake.
A virtual ground plane was added to most of the 100 or so shots so they could create footprints and dust clouds. District 9 is a cracking little movie, with effects that put some of the bigger blockbusters to shame.
Behind the scenes of the Exoskeleton fight on fxguide
on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 12:39 pm under Features, Opinion.
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