G.I. Joe Retaliation VFX Breakdown Digital Domain
Digital Domain created is that tens of thousands of microscopic shapes are scaling up out of Zartan’s skin, almost like tiny pin pricks emerging, filling in the knife wound and rushing to re-form the President mask before disappearing back into his skin.
Three giant HISS tanks in his own mini-tank. Of the three HISS tanks, only one is real — the other two are completely CG, created by Digital Domain and Reliance. built one incredibly detailed, working practical tank. Artists then built two identical CG models using the practical tank as reference.
Firefly’s weaponized motorcycle is another effect the studio created. The motorcycle deconstructs into missiles and explodes into the bunker where the world summit is being held. Filmmakers shot a live-action motorcycle and stunt rider making the jump, then Digital Domain created a digital double for the rider and a CG version of the motorcycle, replaced them in mid-air in the shot, and had the CG deconstructing bike crash the bunker and bring it down.
The shot was challenging in that it was very long, and the bike breaks apart in slow motion. Choreographing the camera move with the motorcycle and the CG breaking-up of the bike into pieces required both artful hand animation and algorithms to smooth the effect.
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