The Digitally Created World of 'Life of Pi'

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Life of Pi's visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer talks to Fast Company's Co.Create about his work creating everything from digital water to a digital tiger in the visual spectacular. He explains, "I was really nervous about the water. Part of my job is to figure out how to get things to work but there’s an even more important function--which is that even when I’m terrified about something I have to emote confidence. It’s still kind of shocking that it all worked. It came down to the fact that water behaves according to physical laws and is predictable. We could do things like find the peaks per frame when the raft goes up and down, and code that into our wave function. We then sat down and matched all the fine details."

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