Magazine article Variety

'Avengers' Tech Hero

Magazine article Variety

'Avengers' Tech Hero

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Among the more startling effects in "Marvel's The Avengers" are the Helicarrier, the combination airship and aircraft carrier that serves as the HQ of Nick Fury's Shield.

Both were realized with the help of one of Industrial Light & Magic's Rene Garcia, who specializes in making f/x of hard surfaces look real.

ILM visual effects supervisor Jeff White calls Garcia the go-to guy for huge, complex models. "He's amazingly fast at building highly complicated scenes, but detailed in his work."

Garcia says that on such a big set like the Helicarrier, it's difficult to convey scale. "If we just put in similar sized details, it would look like a toy," he says. The solution: Include details both large and small, such as ladders, cables and light fixtures, which establish the proportion to the human figure. "Adding real-life objects definitely helps the sense of realism that we want to convey," he says. …

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