Behind the Scenes of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

(Above) In case you were wondering how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord fly. Pic comes from the Instagram feed of Guardians writer/director James Gunn – which is crammed full of awesome set shots from the film.

Guardians Vol. 2 is out on DVD/OnDemand this week. Check out this interview I did with the film’s cinematographer Henry Braham for Filmmaker Magazine. The movie was the first to use Red’s new Weapon 8K Vista Vision camera.

The making of Captain America – Civil War (2016)

A gallery of behind the scenes set pics from the making of Captain America: Civil War. The latest Marvel flick was shot over an 84 day schedule, with most of the production’s sets built at Pinewood Atlanta Studios. The climactic airport battle mixed footage from Atlanta with location work at Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport (for more info on the scene check out this Hollywood Reporter story).

Unlike the majority of the film – which was shot on the Arri Alexa XT Plus – the airport set piece was lensed with the Arri Alexa 65, which will be used for the entirety of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. For more info on the technical aspects of Civil War, track down the June issue of American Cinematographer Magazine.

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Deadpool – Before and After VFX

Much has been made of Deadpool’s success in relation to its “Hard R” rating, prophesying a  future replete with profanity-and-gore-spewing superheroes. But another lesson to be gleaned by the studios is that a $200 million production budget isn’t a prerequisite for its tights-adorned blockbusters. Despite being heavily visual effects driven, Deadpool cost only $58 million to make. To put that in perspective, since 2011 only two superhero films from major studios have cost less than $120 million – Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass sequel ($28 million) and Sony’s Ghost Rider sequel ($57 million). The average budget of Marvel Studios’ nine releases in that span is just short of $180 million, per Box Office Mojo.

Below is a look at how Deadpool pulled off its paltry-budgeted effects through a series of before-and-after VFX comparisons. The pictures in the gallery come from a pair of excellent interviews over at The Art of VFX – one with an artist from Digital Domain, which handled much of the work on Colossus, and one with an artist from Atomic Fiction, which handled the freeway chase/counting bullets set pieces. The Art of VFX is a must-read for those with a practical interest in the minutiae of modern CG effects. Fx Guide’s Deadpool feature is worth checking out as well. Continue Reading ›