Monday, 23 July 2012

Superman - Man of Steel Trailer

I'm currently in Cambodia, doing a bit of backpacking between jobs after finishing 6 months at MPC London. I actually did a bit of film research this morning at Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap, which was used as a set on Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie who it seems is a bit of legend round these parts!

I also found out the comic con trailer for Man of Steel was released which has possibly the coolest shot I've worked on in it (it kicks in after 1 min 11 seconds on the video below). MPC was great fun working on Prometheus and then with the big guy with a red cape, which quite frankly is a dream come true since I saw Clark Kent and Superman duke it out in a junkyard as a kid.

Anyhow this shot got "daily of the week" from Zack Snyder himself which was pretty damn cool. Layout's a great role, you really feel you're part of the film making process, working with the CG Supervisors on cameras, animation and environment layout, building clouds layers on top of scaled earth below to make the setup as realistic as possible.

The brief on the shot was that we were flying in a jet tracking superman about to break the speed of sound, the only material to work with were some framings from a previs sequence. We realised we were gonna be having to use some big camera lens sizes of 200mm to 400mm to achieve the shot, with Superman hitting speeds of over 800 mph (I love stats!). Still seeing this on the actual comic con trailer is one of the highlights of my career so far, along with working with the MPC layout crew.