Toronto-based post house Intelligent Creatures recently relied on Fusion Studio to create key visual effects sequences for Gramercy Pictures’ London Has Fallen.
London Has Fallen is the sequel to the action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen. After the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders.
Led by compositing supervisor Eric Doiron and VFX supervisor Geoff Scott, Intelligent Creatures created a CG Air Force One and the helicopter Marine One. Mixing practical effects with CG, the company used Fusion Studio to enhance the excitement.
“Working on the helicopter sequences was interesting because there was a bunch of different elements at play. Some shots were actually filmed in the helicopters, some with partial greenscreens, and others were full CG,” said Doiron. “Using Fusion Studio’s compositing abilities and projection mapping, we were able blend the worlds of the practical and visual effects.
“The biggest sequence we did was when Marine One is shot down and crashes through a building, eventually stopping in iconic Hyde Park. It started on a greenscreen but gradually became all CG,” Doiron explained. “It took months to accomplish but Fusion Studio’s speed is remarkable. It really helped us speed up what would have been a much longer process. The software’s node-based architecture helped us to manage hundreds of elements and make many revisions without getting backed into a corner.”
The Intelligent Creatures team also used a Blackmagic Cinema Camera to help capture the streets of London. They then used DaVinci Resolve Studio to ingest the VFX plates.
“For some of the most intensive sequences, we needed helicopters to fly low right over major London streets, which would never go through practical effects due to safety issues,” noted Scott. “We went rooftop to rooftop with a Cinema Camera and took footage to create the VFX plates, so that everything would be authentic to the city.”