Rodeo FX, one of the world’s premiere visual effects companies, has contributed a number of complex VFX shots to two sequences that are featured within Jack the Giant Slayer, from director Bryan Singer. The film was released by Warner Bros. on Mar. 1, 2013.
Rodeo FX created shots for the “Treasure Room” sequence featured within the film in which Jack, the lead character, discovers a mural that gives him insight into the point of view of the giants. Rodeo FX used particle simulations to drop and place all of the golden treasure depicted in the sequence.
Additionally, Rodeo FX also created VFX for a massive environment shot, digitally recreating London, in a sequence that appears at the end of the movie. This virtual London environmental is a big pull-out shot from the Tower of London, which then zips under the London Tower Bridge, and ends in the sky.
The shot was based on a photo survey Rodeo FX conducted in London. Rodeo FX sent its Live Action VFX Unit on location, where the company gathered close to 3,000 pictures to accurately replicate the environment digitally. In concert with the production team, Rodeo FX then created a pre-visualization for the shoot, creating a motion path for a helicopter to capture the required data to recreate London with extreme accuracy. Filming from this helicopter recreated the camera movement planned during pre-vis. Rodeo FX was even able to shut down London Bridge for a full 20 minutes.
Other VFX services provided for Jack the Giant Slayer include matte paintings, full CG environments, compositing, and digitally enhanced camera movement.
Hoyt Yeatman, visual effects supervisor for the film, said, “I think Rodeo FX did a very good job on this film – working in native stereo from the Red Camera is no small feat. They helped create some really interesting environments – one of which was a huge ‘Treasure Room’ on which they did an excellent job. Their role kept expanding as the storyline from the film evolved.”
Yeatman continued, “The most impressive work Rodeo FX did was the last shot in the movie, during which time, a magical gold crown is being stored at the Tower of London. Rodeo FX created, through a virtual camera, a scene in which we first see the crown inside the Tower of London, then the POV goes through the window, over the bridge and the river, and looks down at the city of London itself. As we couldn’t shoot this sequence with live action in a helicopter, Rodeo FX, through advanced photo and aerial techniques and geometry, digitally built the Tower of London, the bridge and the city of London itself, as well as people and the river. This was a completely real looking shot – something they created from whole cloth. They truly did a beautiful job – it looks fantastic.”
Rodeo FX’s Sébastien Moreau, adds, “We are particularly proud of our creative contributions to this extraordinary film. Not only did we get to work for the first time with Bryan Singer and Hoyt Yeatman, but we even had the opportunity to create an enormous room filled with golden treasures. Our digital artistry on Jack the Giant Slayer was intense and pushed our creativity to new levels. Our entire team is extremely pleased with the end results.”