GIANT KILLER ROBOTS UNVEILS STUNNING PHOTO-REAL VISUAL EFFECTS
FOR 20th CENTURY FOX'S, FANTASTIC FOUR
"Bringing the classic comic book superheroes and their arch-rival, Dr. Doom, to the big screen was a Herculean task - a long-time in the making," said Pete Oberdorfer, F4 VFX Supervisor and founding partner of Giant Killer Robots. "We knew that the legions of Fantastic Four fans would hold us to an exceptionally high standard and we did not want to disappoint them." For the Human Torch, GKR invented a first-of-its-kind effect to successfully capture the organic properties of fire, generating natural-looking flames. Using a 3D laser scan of the actor, GKR developed a 3D model to perform superhuman stunts, then applied their breakthrough tools that simulate the laws of fluid dynamics to recreate the unique look, feel and movement of fire - transforming the model into the Human Torch. Dr. Doom and the evil energy he projects from his hands is a landmark of comic book villainy. Knowing this, GKR worked directly with the director Tim Story to maintain Doom's old school menace and update it with cutting edge technology. Wanting to stay within the laws of physics and have a spectacular effect was an especially difficult challenge. In the end, Dr. Doom's diabolical power stays true to its comic book beginnings, yet updates it for a twenty-first century audience. For the pivotal fight scenes in and above New York City, GKR developed a photo-realistic, immersive environment. The movie's script called for many events that were physically impossible to shoot in New York City. Thus, a virtual New York was needed to allow the characters to fall from the sky, shoot down city streets, and cause havoc in downtown Manhattan. In order to map out the look and feel of New York, GKR used a helicopter to capture aerial footage of the city's skyline and took thousands of photos from building tops and at street level. From this library of raw materials, GKR was able to recreate the distinct character of New York City. "From the beginning, we knew this project required state-of-the-art visual effects. We needed the Johnny's and Doom's superpowers to look awesome," said Kurt Williams, Visual Effects Director, Fantastic Four. "I've worked with GKR before, and I knew they would deliver the goods. Their work looks spectacular."In total, GKR generated nearly 200 shots that are in the feature film. GKR continues to win high-profile projects and create technically challenging, innovative, and imaginative visual effects. Their past credits include: Son of the Mask (New Line Cinema), Blade Trinity (New Line Cinema), The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions (Warner Bros.), Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2 (Warner Bros.), League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (20th Century Fox), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (C2 Pictures), the Oscar-winning What Dreams May Come (Warner Bros.), and the Emmy-winning Dreamkeeper (Hallmark) mini-series.