To help in the planning effort for the effects-heavy Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Image Engine provided previs ranging from both overall shot beats to sequences with technical information such as camera lens and set size details. Image Engine’s team, led by previsualization supervisor Cameron Widen, was embedded with the production on set in Vancouver.
For Image Engine visual effects executive producer, Shawn Walsh, the goal was to provide both as a service to the director and other filmmakers. “We call some our previs ‘presentation previs’,” he says, “because it’s designed in such a way to help people understand the whole movie and know what the final product might look like. It can sometimes be less about figuring out the size of a bluescreen, although that happens as well, and more about the overall picture.”