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Fuel Delivers VFX for 'Iron Man 3'

Fuel VFX contributes design-driven visual effects work for two sequences in the Marvel blockbuster Iron Man 3.

Fuel VFX announced that it has contributed design-driven visual effects work for two sequences in the Marvel blockbuster Iron Man 3.

Fuel designed and created the “War Room” sequence where Tony Stark holographically recreates the Chinese Theatre bomb site where Happy Hogan was critically injured in order to search for clues about the bombing and learn what he can about The Mandarin and his terrorist activities.

The bomb site re-creation features a pre-destruction CG location, a post-destruction version, an animation effects layer to transition between the pre- and post-destruction builds over the course of a number of shots, and a graphics layer that highlights certain aspects of both.

The Chinese Theatre location is represented in real-world scale within Stark's garage, intersecting with the architecture, cars, equipment, etc., in all directions. Due to this complex interactivity with the set, and with Stark himself as he moves through it, the CG elements were rendered with deep image so the Fuel compositors could control the various hold-outs required with much more flexibility.

Fuel also created the brain hologram that Killian uses to try and woo Pepper into investing in the Extremis technology. The brief for a more artistic, ethereal interpretation of the brain was realized by creating a CG base structure of brain fibers as represented by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) techniques.

Again, Fuel's deep image tools were employed on these shots to provide greater control in the balancing of multiple, semi-transparent passes, and flexibility in adjusting depth of field in comp.

Source: Fuel VFX

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.