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Rodeo FX Treatment Adds (More) Magic to ‘Birdman’

Using a combination of practical filmmaking and digital effects, director Alejandro González Iñárritu and director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC, managed to make Birdman appear as one seamless take.

To help realize Iñárritu’s vision of a (seemingly) continuous film, more than 75 visual effects artists from Rodeo FX worked on the material. Rodeo relied on tools including Imagineer Systems’ mocha Pro and The Foundry’s Nuke to connect the shots.

Explains VFX supervisor Ara Khanikian, “We had to make sure every effect we did would start off seamlessly with the plates, gradually transition into the effects, and then return back to the original plates.”