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Method Develops Dramatic Effects for ‘Divergent’

For Divergent, Method Studios completed 381 visual effects shots, creating a variety of complex environments, set extensions, digital doubles and CG characters. “Divergent required exclusively invisible and seamless effects work,” explains the production’s visual effects supervisor, Jim Berney, “particularly the scene in the ‘mirror room.’”

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) learns she’s “divergent” and won’t fit in.

“The photorealism of the mirror room was realized by capturing as many close reflections as possible,” adds visual effects supervisor Matt Dessero. “This was accomplished by setting up six [ARRI] Alexa cameras on a greenscreen stage. The resulting imagery was then tiled and placed on cards and reflected into the scene. Full CG rotomation of Tris was required for the distant Tris reflections, which allowed us to give more complexity to the lighting design. This sequence of several dozen shots was challenging both on set and in post, and was ultimately very gratifying to see accomplished.”