Producers Tap Companyâ€™s Comic Book VFX Experience for Super-Powered Homage
Santa Monica, CA (April 1, 2008) â€“ Entity FX, an award-winning visual effects company in Santa Monica, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia, has completed visual effects for â€œSuperhero Movie.â€? Leveraging its experience creating visual effects for comicbook- and graphic novel-based properties including the hit television series â€œSmallville,â€? Entity FX turned around more than 126 visual effects shots for the motion picture comedy in about three weeks.
â€œSuperhero Movieâ€? (Dimension Films) follows the story of an emerging superhuman known as The Dragonfly. Produced by the makers of â€œScary Movieâ€? and â€œThe Naked Gun,â€? it provides a comic nod to many superhero moments of the present and past.
Work done by Entity FX ranged from 3D exploding heads to laser and â€œwhite-outâ€? eye effects a la the â€œX-Menâ€? franchise. Entity FX also handled an array of greenscreen comps, animated screen graphics and energy, debris and smoke effects. The teamâ€™s most challenging assignment, however, was producing effects in their entirety for the movieâ€™s Human Torch.
“Entity FX did a great job with the Human Torch shots,â€? commented Alison Oâ€™Brien, visual effect producer on the project. â€œConsidering they had only two weeks to work on them, we made use of every available minute, literally.â€?
â€œIn an extremely short amount of time, we were tasked to create a effect similar to the CG fire seen in â€˜The Fantastic Four,â€™â€? added Entity FXâ€™s David Alexander, vfx supervisor for the sequence. â€œAfter doing a 3D matchmove, we used Entity FXâ€™s custom CG fire scripts to automatically generate flames and embers emitting from the character. This allowed us to quickly tweak the parameters shot by shot.â€?
Fire effects were primarily done using sprites with some additional streak and ember elements rendered out of Autodesk Maya. Per the clientâ€™s request, artists also made sure the actorâ€™s performance visibly registered through the flames.
â€œEntity FX has a long history translating comicbook styling and â€˜languageâ€™ into visual effects,â€? said Trent Smith, Senior Producer, Entity FX. â€œWeâ€™ve done x-ray vision, heat vision, superspeeds, stop-times, flying, leaping, forcefields, glowing Kryptonite, you name it. So itâ€™s a subject matter in which we always feel at home.â€?
Entity FX previously collaborated with the producers of â€œSuperhero Movieâ€? on â€œScary Movie 4.â€?
About Entity FX
Entity FX is an award-winning visual effects studio specializing in feature film, television and commercials. With facilities in Santa Monica, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Entity FX delivers creativity on the demands of todayâ€™s production with a range of services in pre-visualization, on-set supervision, virtual backgrounds, matte painting, environmental effects, compositing, CG animation, specialty photography and more.
Entity FX has contributed visual effects to a range of motion pictures including Into the Wild, Rush Hour 3, The Air I Breathe, Miami Vice, Spider-Man 2, The Aviator, Scary Movie 4, Herbie: Fully Loaded and many others. Credits in television include Smallville, Pushing Daisies, Fight Science, Sport Science, Crime 360 and numerous other television pilots, specials and shows. For more information, visit www.entityfx.com or call (310) 899-9779 (Santa Monica) or (604) 646-2400 (Vancouver).