Since many of our readers in various markets are still awaiting their turns to enjoy seeing the Bumblebee movie: fair warning to super spoilers after the read more!
One of the most enjoyable features of the latest entry in the Transformers film franchise is its unique style of visual effects. In an extensive VFX Voice article, director Travis Knight, director of photography Enrique Chediak and visual effects supervisor Jason Smith discuss the creation of those effects in addition to several other production details covered in these very pages since 2017.
“With the CG asset, we were influenced by Bumblebee’s G1 look and gave him an updated facial design that’s a bit cleaner,” states Smith. “That simplicity allows us to be very expressive in the animation. Since this character isn’t a big talker, he has to say a lot with his facial expressions.”
“The hardest setting to find was the home of Charlie Watson and her family,” recalls Knight. “We scoured all over California trying to find the perfect house and environment. In the end we found this beautiful location and built a house. It was like what I’ve been used to, but on a full-scale!
For the finale that takes place on Mare Island, a massive light needed to be constructed that was a 100-by-100-foot box consisting of 72 ARRI SkyPanel S60s supported by a 280-foot, 350-ton crane. “That was the biggest light that I’ve built in my career!” marvels Chediak. “It gave us complete freedom to shoot the sequence quickly. It was originally to be three weeks of shooting, but we ended up finishing in eight days.”
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