Chris Godfrey, the VFX supervisor on The Great Gatsby has released a Before and After VFX reel by the primary VFX vendor, Animal Logic, where I am currently working at. It is always fun and informative to see the original plates the film were shot in and then to see them receive amazingly meticulous makeover from post production houses, instantly transporting us to the directors’ intended worlds. Without further ado, please check out the following link: The Great Gatsby Before And After VFX Reel
UPDATE: Chris Godfrey seemed to have finally allowed embedding for this video, so here it is, for your convenience!
This goes to show that Visual Effects are not merely used to bring giant robots and sci fi worlds to life as is currently the norm, but also to bring back an era long gone by. With some artistic liberties taken, of course.
Greetings folks, I am pleased to be able to share with you the teaser trailers and poster to my newest project with Animal Logic, “The Lego Movie”! This marks the 3rd toy brand-inspired movie I’ve worked on after Transformers and Battleship. Please enjoy!
Additional tidbits: The skyscraper models that I’ve built along with Yannick Tan and Dudley Birch, the fellow Matte Painters at Animal Logic, have been used for this teaser poster. What an honor!
Sorry for posting one too many Gatsby trailers of late, but the latest and greatest The Great Gatsby trailer has just been released! Congratulations to all the teams at Animal Logic, ILM, and other VFX houses that contributed to the show’s beautiful and highly stylized visuals. May 10th can’t come soon enough!
Another year, another belated update! Looks like we manage to survive the whole end-of-the-world hysteria last year. I know some people who are, and still are, very disappointed that it didn’t happen at all!
I am writing now to officially mark the completion of my responsibilities on The Great Gatsby film project. Whew, this film has the honor of being the longest film project I’ve ever done in my VFX career. I am hoping that all the effort my team at Animal Logic has put into the show will help to shape it into a very good-looking film of the year.
What am I doing next? I’ll start on a new project (again with Animal Logic) next week. This will also be my first proper animated feature film (discounting my very minor contribution to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film that should have stayed with the small screen where it belongs). I will reveal it when the time is right! A small hint: The film is based on a famous toy brand. No, it is neither Battleship nor Transformers! There, I’ve said enough.
So what’s new on my website? I have collated the Concept Art and Sketches Category in the Portfolio Section together (under Concept Art) for easier viewing and also because they both are closely associated with each other. I’ve added a new Plein Air painting gallery in the Traditional portfolio when I took up the new hobby last year. Please check them out!
Before I go, here’s the second trailer to the Great Gatsby that was released late last year:
For a non-Star Wars related news today, let me share with you a tutorial video on Painting Dynamic Water Effects that I came up with for ImagineFX magazine issue 43.
This is just a small clip of the entire painting session, showing an idea of how I will paint the water effects from scratch. The emphasis of the entire painting workshop was not placed on the characters and background, so they are kept simple.
About 2 years ago, I worked on a few Digital Matte Paintings for Star Tours 2.0. Being a theme park ride (exclusive to Disneyland in California, I think) instead of the big screen, I thought I will never see my work again unless I make the trip there.
Thank goodness for Youtube, someone took a recording of the Star Tours 2.0 theme park (of which there are many) and I finally caught a glimpse of one of my matte paintings. You can see it at 1:27 in the embedded video below:
Now, it is a matter of time (and money) before I see the entire thing in person!