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LOOK Effects Delivers 300 Visual Effects Shots for Noah


Russell Crowe stars in Noah, from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises.
Russell Crowe stars in Noah, from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises.
LOOK Effects recently produced over 300 visual effects shots for Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated film, Noah, which opens March 28.

The company reports that the project was, by far, the largest and most complex film in its 16-year history. Due to the size and complexity of this project, LOOK worked very closely with primary VFX house ILM, cooperating on shots and sharing elements. Work for Noah was produced at LOOK’s NY facility.

LOOK’s work included creating thousands of photo-real birds. (According to LOOK President, Mark Driscoll, “What we really want to crow about.”) The company developed proprietary feather and flocking CG pipelines for the project, (with future projects in mind).

Look also handled environments and set extensions, matte paintings, stylized sky replacements, multiple water shots, as well as work in the Garden of Eden, including the tree of knowledge, the fruit of knowledge, the convincing snake and its miraculous skin.

LOOK also produced many less dramatic effects, including breathing motion for practical creatures, CG helmets, gore enhancement and a CG lizard’s tail.

LOOK has worked with Aronofsky on three previous films : Black Swan (for which LOOK was nominated for BAFTA and VES Awards), The Wrestler and The Fountain.

The latest film from the director of Black Swan, Noah features Russell Crowe as the Biblical hero who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes extreme measures to protect his family from the coming flood. Noah is Aronofsky’s interpretation of the Biblical story. The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Anthony Hopkins.

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