Asylum's VFX team in collaboration with mcgarry bowen and MJZ's Rupert Sanders recently completed work on a spectacular spot launching Verizon's highly anticipated Droid smartphone.
The: 60 features incredible CG environments that showcase Asylum's incomparable expertise in creating realistic FX, this time embedded within a suspenseful and visually stunning narrative.
‘Stealth’ begins with a squadron of stealth bombers thundering through a cloud-filled sky and launching a salvo of small pods toward earth, a beautiful scene rendered entirely in CGI.
From the ground bewildered ranchers, lumberjacks, fishermen, and others watch the pods simmer through the sky, CGI smoke trails marking their path.
The mountaintops, prairies, and mid-ocean landscape that the observers watch from are stunning panoramas created in Maya, Terragen, Renderman, BodyPaint, and others, and then composited in Nuke using multiple floating-point, linear light passes.
The pods explode into the ground - an effect achieved with a combination of live action and Flame composite.
The contraptions survive in one piece, however, and when the live-action pod spins open, a shimmering CGI backdrop outlines the glowing Droid phone, also done in CGI. Asylum packaged all of this footage into a custom interface that controlled the comp process and guaranteed a consistent look from shot to shot.
They created an additional custom UI tool in Nuke to create the lens flare and lighting effects that incorporate realistic camera motion, reflections, and light leaks.
Previsualisation was built as a combination of 3D animation and reference footage taken from multiple sources.