Magazine article Variety

A Bit of Grit Aids F/X Fit

Magazine article Variety

A Bit of Grit Aids F/X Fit

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Visual effects aren't always the realm of the bright and the shiny.

Just as often, f/x tools are used to create a distressed, gritty and grounded reality, as they were in two of this year's vfx Oscar-nommed films - 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Interstellar.'

'Interstellar' and 'Captain America' take audiences on radically different journeys but both aimed for a sense of photorealism - either through the use of theoretical consultants or stacks of reference photos.

In 'Captain America," the vfx teams had to almost work against the perfection of their own digital tools.

"You really have to have artists go in and distress (CG) helicopters and ships by hand for It to be convincing," says Russell Earl, vfx supervisor on 'Captain America.' "And that just takes lots of time.'

The "Captain America' team also created a 92-year-old version of Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter by having an older actress read Atwell's speech and then merging that image with Atwell playing the same scene. …

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