Helping the Illusion of Water for Elephants
Crazy Horse used 3ds Max for the trains, the FumeFX plug-in for smoke, Synth Eyes for tracking, Photoshop for texturing and surfacing, After Effects and Nuke for compositing.
"We had a window of less than 40 minutes per day where we could shoot with a crazy rig," Graff adds. "And on two of those three days we had to double up because of the different environments. And every time we changed direction, we changed camera angles and ran, ran, ran to get all these backgrounds."
The stampede was a chore as well. It involved a two-day shoot, with three cameras doubling up angles and motions, starting with plates of the lions since they were the most dangerous, followed by the cast and other animal plates. "I'm happy what we pulled together with a pretty small footprint during production and how we got all of these elements that we ended up using and fitting," Graff suggests.
"For the stampede, Paul had the fantastic idea that whenever we shot a single animal, we'd cover it from three different angles, so we could re-use a great take of a lion or lioness and manipulate it three different ways to get three different shots and it worked out really well," adds McDonald.
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.