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Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok and the Canadian visual effects that recreated Super Hero reality


IN THE PRESS | Daily Hive | June 15th, 2018 | Read More

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok may seem obviously jam-packed with colourful, explosive, heroic effects – but there’s more to the movie than meets the eye.

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok is also a great example of the ability of post-production VFX artists to bring an element of ‘invisible VFX’ to the film.

Of course, this is no easy task. Especially when you have to replace every single blade of grass in an entire meadow for a meeting between Thor, Loki and their father Odin.

To find out what it’s like to recreate reality, only better, Daily Hive spoke to VFX Supervisor Dave Morley and VFX Compositing Supervisor Shane Davidson at Image Engine in Vancouver.

“It sounds devilishly simple, but it’s not,” said Morley. “It literally felt like a race.”

Morley explained that with only eight weeks to go before release date, his team were asked to change skies, add a cliff, and replace Odin’s eye patch, after a last-minute reshoot.

But he quickly realized they would also have to replace the entire meadow, as well as several styrofoam rocks that had appeared in inconsistent positions during filming.

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