The Special Effects of Gone Girl

(Above left) The set-up for a “Dry-for-Wet” shot from David Fincher’s Gone Girl (2014) depicting the imaginary watery grave of a sociopathic femme fatale (played by Rosamund Pike). (Above right) The final images from the film. The behind the scenes pic comes courtesy of the November issue of American Cinematographer magazine. Read the mag’s feature on the film here.

An early adopter of digital camera technology, director David Fincher continued to push the pixel boundaries by making Gone Girl (2014) the first major film to use the Epic Red Dragon as its main production camera. The Dragon sensor allowed Fincher to capture footage in 6K resolution. Though most audiences will experience the film in either a 4K or 2K version, that extra information gives additional leeway in post-production to create the type of invisible computer generated effects shown below.

Green Screen

Cape Girardeau, Missouri stood in for Gone Girl’s fictional town of North Carthage during location shooting. However, many of the film’s interiors were shot on soundstages, including the interiors for the Dunne’s sprawling McMansion which were lensed at Red Studios Hollywood. Below are a few before-and-after comparisons showing how green screens served to fill in the backgrounds of these sets.

All the grabs below come from Art Temple Hollywood, one of the effects houses whose work is featured in Gone Girl.

Set Extensions

Visual effects were also used to augment practical locations, as seen below in these before-and-after pics displaying Gone Girls’ digital set extensions.

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