In honor of Avengers: Endgame hitting Blu-ray today, here’s a few behind the scenes shots from Captain America’s time-traveling mano a mano versus himself. Photos via The Art of VFX’s interview with Endgame visual effects producer Carlos Ciudad.
To illustrate how the volume of effects shots in a Marvel Cinematic Universe extravaganza has expanded, here’s Marvel co-president Louis D’Esposito from the book Marvel Studios: The First Ten Year:
We started with 487 (visual effects shots) on Iron Man (2008) and finished with 823. For Avengers: Infinity War (2018) it’s over 3,100. That’s almost every shot.
With T-minus two days remaining before Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, here’s a behind the scenes shot from one of the Infinity Saga’s first entries – 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
I missed the final chapter of M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable trilogy in theaters, but as of yesterday Glass is now out on home media. Here’s a before-and-after VFX shot from the film, which – like Shyamalan’s previous two efforts The Visit and Split – was self-funded by the director.
(Above) A before and after VFX comparison from Netflix’s Bird Box (2018), which finds Sandra Bullock and two children traversing river rapids blindfolded. The movie is set in a creature-ridden post-apocalyptic nightmare where even a glimpse of the outside world results in almost instant death. The practical portions of the aquatic action were shot on location on the Smith River in Northern California. The water tank work was completed over the last two days of principle photography in a tank surrounded by 200′ of blue screen, with 300,000 gallons of water tinted to match the color of the Smith River.
The pics above come from the awesome site Art of VFX, which detailed the making of Bird Box via an interview with VFX Supervisor Marcus Taormina.
A before-and-after visual effects comparison from “Mortal Remains,” the final chapter in the Coen Brothers’ Netflix western anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. While the other entries were shot on location across New Mexico, Colorado, and Nebraska, “Mortal Remains” and its spectral stagecoach ride were shot entirely on a soundstage. In keeping with the Coen’s reluctance to delve into the meaning of their work, even the film’s production designer Jess Gonchor wasn’t sure of the passengers’ fate.
“I still don’t know whether the characters in that story are dead or alive or just living in the afterlife,” said Gonchor in an interview with The LA Times. “The Coen brothers didn’t discuss it. We built these monochromatic super facades, which were lit from behind. It was a storybook version of what the afterlife might look like.”
The images above come from The Art of VFX’s interview with visual effects supervisor Michael Huber.
I’ve always enjoyed Marvel’s solo missions more than its all-hands-on-deck mash-ups. So with Avengers: Infinity War and it’s 43 protagonists hitting screens today, I’m sharing a gallery from one my favorite, less-populated Marvel flicks, Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
(Above) Gary Oldman’s Belarusian dictator takes a Hans Gruber-esque swan dive in the buddy action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017).