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VFX supervisor, Kevin Tod Haug describes how Bond and visual effects collide

12-Dec-2008 • Quantum Of Solace

Perhaps no franchise takes better advantage of mixed techniques than the rebooted James Bond. "Casino Royale" shocked the vfx world -- and its own team -- by making the Academy bakeoff. They may be more prepared to present on "Quantum of Solace" if they get another chance.

In a report by Variety, Vfx supervisor Kevin Tod Haug points to the skydiving sequence near the end of the film, which combines CG with a new process they've monickered "event capture."

Stars Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko learned to skydive in giant wind tunnels north of London. "What we did was having an array of cameras capture them," says Haug. "We had 16 cameras pointed at them."

That camera array let them create a three-dimensional virtual image of the pair performing their skydive. Then the camera could be placed virtually, in ways that could never be accomplished with a stuntman and real camera.

"We could go from closeup to wide shot in the same shot," Haug explains. "Then, on top of that, we had to make CG versions of them that match the final volume that we did, and threw sunlight on them to make them look like they were falling outside.

"It's probably the kind of thing you shouldn't do on such a short schedule."

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