The Losers as '80s Action Throwback
Jesper Kjolsrud was the original visual effects supervisor for Image Engine on The Losers, but Simon Hughes, the 2D supervisor, took over when he left for Toronto to supervise The Thing. Richard Yuricich served as overall visual effects supervisor.
Image Engine was tasked with the main action sequences and Kjolsrud joined Yuricich on the shoot in Puerto Rico for those sequences. "The first of the sequences is what we call 'The Bus,'" explains Hughes. "This is where a jet flies in over a village in a jungle and drops two bombs on the village and our heroes are escaping from the bomb in a bus, racing through the jungle with the explosion chasing them.
There is no CG fire in The Losers. That's because it was adapted from a comic and director Sylvain White wanted the look in keeping with the graphic style, which is a throwback to the '80s action flick, very much with tongue-in-cheek.
The next sequence is called "The Houston," where they fly through the bullet holes in the glass windows and go all over the Houston landscape. "That was a huge sequence for us," Hughes continues, "because it was an entire CG build involving the cityscape and the glass that we fly through."
Although it was meant to be in Houston, Image Engine built around eight full CG buildings in the foreground, which are actually textures that they took from buildings in San Juan. And the backgrounds were comprised of stills taken of Vancouver, so Houston is basically a hybrid of modern cities from around the world.