The Losers as '80s Action Throwback
The Miami sequence, meanwhile, involves a helicopter with a large magnet on the bottom, which picks up an armored vehicle on the streets of Miami and then flies into a building with a Dunkin Donuts sign on top of it. "Again, a really nice, challenging sequence, with the main part of the job being hard surface CG," Hughes explains.
In fact, the last major component Image Engine worked on was the jet sequence involving exploding planes and "all kinds of fun and games," according to Hughes. "It's a comp and effects artist's dream and the chance to show off."
Steve Garrad, Image Engine's Visual Effects senior visual effects producer, admits that it "did get a little hairy in the end because it was very tight in terms of delivery. Everyone loves to carry on editing these days, and that never makes our life easy. But, in fairness to the guys at Dark Castle, we started the big explosion shots early and they kept them in. In fact, Joel [Silver] liked them so much, he added another one toward the end, so we turned over another shot of a plane exploding in a week. I always think that jobs are at their most efficient and everyone's working at the best right when you come to the end."
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.