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Detroit: How invisible visual effects made in Canada helped tell a story of police brutality (PHOTOS/VIDEO)


Daily Hive | January 29th, 2018 | Original Article

The movie Detroit is a shocking film, retelling the true story of the Algiers Motel killings, which happened during the race riots of the summer of 1967.

The killings happened in the mainly black neighbourhood along Woodward Avenue, which was being patrolled by mostly white police officers.

Those police raided the motel and severely beat several young black men and two white women who were staying there. Three black teenagers were brutally killed.

Detroit, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, painstakingly recreates this dark moment in history, transporting the audience to Woodward Avenue using invisible visual effects.

To find out exactly what was real and what wasn’t, Daily Hive spoke to VFX Supervisor João Sita and VFX Producer Cara Davies at Image Engine in Vancouver.

“Don’t trust what your eyes are seeing,” said Sita, who was responsible for liaising with Bigelow and managing the team of visual effects artists working on Detroit.

The movie was filmed in Boston, so Sita and his team, which peaked at 68 artists, were tasked with recreating Woodward Avenue.

“They had the set that was representing the block in which the riot took place, then we had to turn that into a more representative version of Detroit in those days,” said Sita.

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