Recreating Antarctica in Whiteout
Maya was used for fire and impact particle effects and Houdini for snow impact, flaming engines, smoke and fire. CafeFX also created custom effects solutions for flame, smoke and big impact snow using both Houdini and Maya. XSI (now Autodesk Softimage) and mental ray were used for the 3D modeling, texturing and lighting of the plane in the sky. Digital Fusion was used for compositing and 2D effects such as muzzle flashes.
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.