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'Gatsby' Featurette Reveals VFX Magic

New clip from VFX supervisor Chris Godfrey shows how extensive blue and green screens were replaced with detailed landscapes in The Great Gatsby.


A new video reveals the extensive visual effects used to create the world of The Great Gatsby.

VFX supervisor Chris Godfrey recently uploaded before and after scenes from the film, showing how blue and green screens were transformed into the film's detailed settings:

“Baz has graciously agreed to let us release this 'before and afters' reel to show our peer group the VFX work completed on his film The Great Gatsby. While this specific reel was the work of Animal Logic (as my primary vendor), in total I worked with seven vendors including Animal Logic, Rising Sun and Iloura in Australia, ILM in San Francisco and also Prime Focus and Method Vancouver. We also ran an amazing internal SWAT team that completed over 400 shots. Congratulations to all who did such fabulous work on almost 1,500 shots.”

During the three-minute clip, raw footage of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and the rest of the cast walking, talking and pretending to drive by green and blue screens is interspersed with scenes from the film.

It's revealed that DiCaprio and Maguire were filmed in Gatsby's yellow car surrounded by blue screens for one of their trips into New York City in the film.

Another shot shows DiCaprio and Maguire walking down a pier, completely surrounded by blue screens. In the film, you can see the water and Gatsby's estate behind them.

The Buchanans' lavish property was also largely created using visual effects.

To see the movie magic unfold, check out the video, below.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.