Rising Sun Creates VFX for Wolverine
Digital replacements for Wolverine’s claws were used in place of practical claws for scenes involving dangerous stunts. In those instances, actor Hugh Jackman wore stubs or tracking markers that served as guides for match-moving the digital claw assets. “Philip Brennan provided us with a full HDRI set for every shot requiring visual effects, so we knew exactly what lighting was required,” Crosbie notes. “That worked extremely well. Each claw was rendered out with an option of blood stained or cleaned, so at a moments notice we could make a scene gory or safe.”
Other items on RSP’s task list included adding wounds to Wolverine during some of his many fights, filling a bucket with a murky liquid that one of Wolverine’s adversaries uses to create poison arrows, massive set extensions replacing iconic Sydney landmarks with iconic Japanese structures. Artists also created a matte painting and environmental elements for a scene set in Canada’s Yukon as well as all shots of the Yashida lab.
“Technically, everything went very well, and we hit all of the creative marks,” Crosbie says. “Our crew did a fantastic job and working with the team on The Wolverine was a wonderful collaborative experience.”
“We really appreciated how efficiently RSP handled the workflow for the show overall,” adds Stevenson. “No matter what we threw at them, we never ruffled their feathers. Even last minute adds and changes were all accommodated with a positive attitude.”
Source: Rising Sun Pictures