Modus FX Creates Surreal Combat Scene for Immortals

Date: 17/11/2011

Montreal-based visual effects studio Modus FX delivered a surreal dream sequence for Immortals, the stereo 3D feature film released in theaters on Nov. 11. The 16-second scene produced by Modus depicts a surreal combat sequence between Theseus (Henry Cavill) and King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) on a small boat, set on a sea of shields. Other than a live action shot of the actors in the middle of the sequence, the entire scene was created and rendered in CG.

"Its a very artistic piece which aims to capture the iconic imagery of Greek mythology," explained Martin Pelletier, CG supervisor at Modus. "Developing the sequence was a collaboration between our artists and director Tarsem Singh. For us it was an in-depth process of visualizing and clarifying the directors imagination."

The Sequence

The scene begins when the films hero Theseus touches Phaedra a psychic oracle played by Freida Pinto. In that instant, the camera swoops into Phaedras mind for the vision sequence.

Red CG petals fall from the sky and we see King Hyperion and Theseus spinning around in combat on the boat. The scene cuts to a wider shot and various fighting poses are discernable in the whirling mass. The audience sees that the boat is sitting on a mass of warriors shields, like a Greek phalanx, with the water in the background.

For a moment, Hyperion and Theseus freeze and the camera pans down to show a mummy lying on the ground with the petals falling onto it: beauty, transience and death in a single image. As they begin to fight and spin again, the view pulls back to a wider shot. In the background the sea, created by Scanline VFX, swells up into a giant tsunami approaching the shore.

Capturing the Imagination as Moving Imagery

The imagery is ambitious. At the start of the project in September 2010, Modus FX had several meetings with director Tarsem Singh to map out the shots and the look of the scene. Singh wanted what he referred to as a "clay effect," with the figures becoming malleable organic forms, blending together as they spin in combat.

After the initial meetings, the team at Modus spent four months developing the ideas in a process of exploration and refinement, gradually shaping the final look of the scene. Test shots were sent back to the director for review on a weekly basis.

Early on the team had decided the scene would be done in three shots: close up, wide and very wide. Then they began working on the spinning figures how fast they should rotate and how many poses should appear. Testing was done with Softimage XSI combining textures, including skin, glossy black helmets, a gold mask, blue cloth and brown leather. The textures were tried at different speeds with different motion blurs and shutter speeds."

It took a lot of experimentation, but as we progressed, we started to develop some really interesting ideas," said Pelletier. "We liked the clay effect, but it still needed something more to look believable."

He explained that the team at Modus then developed a "force field" effect to augment the scene, which had to fit in seamlessly with the overall aesthetic and the other surreal effects of the film. "It worked very well," said Pelletier. "It shows how important it can be to keep the creative process going right to the end. The effort paid off."

The Sea and the Sky

"We wanted the lighting to look magical or even supernatural," said Pelletier. "We played around with sky colors until we had the right tones and then redid the lighting on the live plates to match the CG lighting. This was an interesting challenge because usually we do the opposite match the CG to the lighting in the live shots."

The sea of shields was realized much more quickly. "We hit bulls-eye on the first try with that," recalled Pelletier.

A Company That Solves Problems

"Relativity Media saw us as a company that solves problems," said Yanick Wilisky, visual effects supervisor and co-founder of Modus FX. "It was a very complex sequence, artistically and technically, but we found the way. We solved it for them."

Immortals is a 3D fantasy adventure film directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke. It was released in 2D and 3D on Nov. 11 by Universal Pictures and Relativity Media.

www.modusfx.com.

 



Tags: visual effects | design | animation | Immortals | Modus FX | Montreal | postproduction
Submitted by Eric Philpott (philpott communications)
View author's directory page

Related Interviews
  • Motion Picture Visual Effects on a Budget

    Motion Picture Visual Effects on a Budget

  • Blackmagic Design at IBC 2019: New Atem Mini

    Blackmagic Design at IBC 2019: New Atem Mini

  • Blackmagic Design 2500NIT HDR Video Assist 126 with BRAW Blackmagic Design at IBC 2019

    Blackmagic Design 2500NIT HDR Video Assist 126 with BRAW Blackmagic Design at IBC 2019

  • Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera BMPCC 4K at IBC 2018

    Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera BMPCC 4K at IBC 2018

  • Omnitek Consultancy and Design Services at IBC 2017

    Omnitek Consultancy and Design Services at IBC 2017

  • Blackmagic Design Ultimatte at IBC 2017

    Blackmagic Design Ultimatte at IBC 2017

  • Blackmagic Design Resolve 14, ATEM, URSA Mini PRo and more from IBC 2017

    Blackmagic Design Resolve 14, ATEM, URSA Mini PRo and more from IBC 2017

  • ATEM TV Studio Pro HD from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

    ATEM TV Studio Pro HD from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

  • Davinci Resolve 14 with Fairlight from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

    Davinci Resolve 14 with Fairlight from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

  • Blackmagic Design at IBC 2016

    Blackmagic Design at IBC 2016

  • Cintel Film Scanner: Blackmagic Design at NAB 2014

    Cintel Film Scanner: Blackmagic Design at NAB 2014

  • Blackmagic Design on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

    Blackmagic Design on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

  • Blackmagic Design with the new ATEM Production Suite at IBC 2013

    Blackmagic Design with the new ATEM Production Suite at IBC 2013

  • Blackmagic Design: Products at NAB 2013

    Blackmagic Design: Products at NAB 2013

  • Blackmagic Design at NAB 2012

    Blackmagic Design at NAB 2012

  • AKA Design at BVE North 2011

    AKA Design at BVE North 2011

  • ATEM Mini and more news from Blackmagic at ISE2020

    ATEM Mini and more news from Blackmagic at ISE2020

  • Creating Broadcast Quality Live Streams for Social Media

    Creating Broadcast Quality Live Streams for Social Media

  • YouTube and the myths, the business and the opportunities

    YouTube and the myths, the business and the opportunities

  • Blackmagic ATEM Constellation 8k at NAB 2019

    Blackmagic ATEM Constellation 8k at NAB 2019

  • Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 16 at NAB 2019

    Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 16 at NAB 2019

  • Area 48 Colour from BBandS Lighting plus more announcements at NAB 2019

    Area 48 Colour from BBandS Lighting plus more announcements at NAB 2019

  • Blackmagic introduces Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) at IBC 2018

    Blackmagic introduces Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) at IBC 2018

  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at NAB 2018

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at NAB 2018

  • Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K at NAB 2018

    Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K at NAB 2018

  • Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 15 at NAB 2018

    Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 15 at NAB 2018

  • Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic URSA at NAB 2014

    Blackmagic URSA at NAB 2014

  • Blackmagic Studio Camera at NAB 2014

    Blackmagic Studio Camera at NAB 2014

  • Projects Department on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC

    Projects Department on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC

  • Autodesk at NAB 2013

    Autodesk at NAB 2013

  • Holdan and DaVinci at BVE North 2011

    Holdan and DaVinci at BVE North 2011

  • Blackmagic at IBC2011

    Blackmagic at IBC2011


Related Shows
  • Africans in London - live and on demand TV channels.

    Africans in London - live and on demand TV channels.


Related Articles
  • Creating Broadcast Quality Live Streams for Social

    Creating Broadcast Quality Live Streams for Social

  • The Making of Zero

    The Making of Zero

  • Centre Stage for Cameras with All About Eve

    Centre Stage for Cameras with All About Eve

  • Capturing Haute Couture

    Capturing Haute Couture

  • Behind the Scenes of Wild rose

    Behind the Scenes of Wild rose

  • League of Legends European Masters

    League of Legends European Masters

  • Tips and Tricks to Giving Sci-Fi a New Look

    Tips and Tricks to Giving Sci-Fi a New Look

  • Six steps for award winning sound design with Jungle Studios

    Six steps for award winning sound design with Jungle Studios

  • Strays - Telling a dark tale

    Strays - Telling a dark tale

  • Designing the correct workflow

    Designing the correct workflow

  • DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel from Blackmagic Design - Reviewed

    DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel from Blackmagic Design - Reviewed

  • The future of post production

    The future of post production

  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Reviewed

    Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Reviewed

  • Walking into manufacturing with a Dedleg

    Walking into manufacturing with a Dedleg

  • Fixing it in parallel

    Fixing it in parallel

  • Increase productivity while editing

    Increase productivity while editing

  • Eye to Eye: Video Post-production

    Eye to Eye: Video Post-production

  • The First Musketeer

    The First Musketeer

  • Review: DaVinci Resolve 10

    Review: DaVinci Resolve 10

  • Dreamhack - Summer 2013

    Dreamhack - Summer 2013

  • The joys of the outside broadcast!

    The joys of the outside broadcast!

  • A runaway success at Graduate Fashion Week with Blackmagic

    A runaway success at Graduate Fashion Week with Blackmagic

  • A cinematic makeover with Blackmagic Design

    A cinematic makeover with Blackmagic Design

  • Is 4K the end of the line?

    Is 4K the end of the line?

  • Cameras, conversations and conversions at Camera Diner with Teranex

    Cameras, conversations and conversions at Camera Diner with Teranex

  • Lincolnshire Police Enhances Distance Learning Program

    Lincolnshire Police Enhances Distance Learning Program

  • Call of Duty Black Ops II: World Exclusive First Look Streamed Live from Gamescom

    Call of Duty Black Ops II: World Exclusive First Look Streamed Live from Gamescom

  • 4k The New Gunslinger in Town

    4k The New Gunslinger in Town

  • Camera innovations from IBC

    Camera innovations from IBC

  • Big Fish, Little Fish, Camera-Top-Box

    Big Fish, Little Fish, Camera-Top-Box

  • Modular Studio Design for the BBC New Broadcasting House Project

    Modular Studio Design for the BBC New Broadcasting House Project

  • Grading across the Atlantic

    Grading across the Atlantic

  • tv-bay questions

    tv-bay questions

  • One Eyed 3D

    One Eyed 3D

  • tv-bay Questions

    tv-bay Questions

  • NFTS, the future of digital visionaries

    NFTS, the future of digital visionaries

  • tv-bay questions

    tv-bay questions

  • TV Bay Questions

    TV Bay Questions

  • Does 2D to 3D really work?

    Does 2D to 3D really work?

  • tv-bay IBC2010 double takes

    tv-bay IBC2010 double takes

  • Making the grade

    Making the grade

  • USB 3 King of Connectivity

    USB 3 King of Connectivity

  • Pushing Air- the art of acoustic design

    Pushing Air- the art of acoustic design

  • Mercedes-Benz Worlds winning formula, Online Creative and Blackmagic Design

    Mercedes-Benz Worlds winning formula, Online Creative and Blackmagic Design

  • Brand New School Makes the Move to Uncompressed HD

    Brand New School Makes the Move to Uncompressed HD

  • Eye to Eye File-based content distribution 2009

    Eye to Eye File-based content distribution 2009

  • Fine design for post.. The IKEA story as told by EDIUS

    Fine design for post.. The IKEA story as told by EDIUS

  • Audio acquisition and production

    Audio acquisition and production


News
Fiilex P3 Color LED Now Available in UK Posted: 24/11/2021
Fiilex and rsquo;s P3 Color LED Now Available in UK

Fiilex, manufacturer of high-end LED lighting for the film and television industries, has officially launched its P3 Color into the UK market.

Tags: fiilex | LED | Lights | color | Dicon | firberoptics | fixtures
Submitted by Cirro Lite (Europe) Ltd
More from this author
SMPTE Awards Gala Will Bring Virtual Celebration to Time Zones and Participants Around the World Posted: 24/11/2021
SMPTE Awards Gala Will Bring Virtual Celebration to Time Zones and Participants Around the World

SMPTE®, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, will honor industry luminaries and next-generation leaders at the SMPTE Awards Gala, a virtual event taking place across two ceremonies on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Registration is free for this year’s event, which will feature a unique social reception and a program schedule that makes it easy to engage and celebrate with friends and colleagues around the globe.

Tags: Awards Gala | SMPTE | Progress Medal
Submitted by Wall Street Communications
More from this author
Flowics Wins 2021 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards Posted: 24/11/2021
Flowics Wins 2021 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards

Flowics, creator of the most comprehensive platform for powering remote and in-studio production of live graphics and interactive content, announced today that its Flowics Graphics is a Best New Graphics Technology winner in the 2021 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards. This official awards program recognizes the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by corporate partners of NAB Show.

Tags: Flowics | NAB Show | Flowics Graphics | Cloud Based | Technology | NAB Winner
Submitted by Wall Street Communications
More from this author
FC Bayern Munich extends its partnership with Supponor for next generation virtual advertising Posted: 24/11/2021
FC Bayern Munich extends its partnership with Supponor for next generation virtual advertising

Supponor, the global leader in virtual advertising solutions, is delighted to announce that FC Bayern Munich has signed an exclusive partnership with Supponor. As an indication of the strength of the partnership, the extended deal will also see FC Bayern Munich transition to the next generation of Supponor’s virtual advertising solution, Supponor AIR™. 

Tags: Supponor | FC Bayern | virtual advertising | Supponor AIR
Submitted by Bubble Agency
More from this author
Sports OTT platform Stream Viral offer Rev Share Plan Posted: 24/11/2021
Sports OTT platform Stream Viral offer Rev Share Plan

Stream Viral, a UK based OTT platfrom offering sports VoD for global sporting customers, announces a revolutionary revenue share model for customers not wanting to commit to a monthly charge.

Tags: OTT | Sports | VoD | Baseball | Football | Soccer
Submitted by Rain Dance Digital
More from this author
Visual Data Media Services Honored with Prestigious Rise Award for Investment in Women Posted: 24/11/2021
Visual Data Media Services Honored with  Prestigious Rise Award for Investment in Women

Visual Data Media Services was honored for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in professional career development, taking home the “Company Award for Investment in Women” at the 2021 Rise Awards.

Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for gender diversity in the media technology sector, announced the winners on November 18 at its annual awards ceremony held as part of the DPP Tech Leaders’ Briefing.







Tags: Visual Data Media Services | Rise Awards
Submitted by Bubble Agency
More from this author
nxtedition introduces nxt|cloud - Migrating nxtedition best of breed microservices to the public cloud Posted: 24/11/2021
nxtedition introduces nxt|cloud - Migrating nxtedition and rsquo;s and lsquo;best of breed and rsquo; microservices to the public cloud

Broadcast microservice specialist nxtedition has further enhanced the consolidated production and playout platform with nxt|cloud, a complete deployment of nxtedition which runs in the public cloud.

Tags: Broadcast | nxtcloud | nxtedition | playout | automation | microservices
Submitted by Manor Marketing
More from this author
ThinkParQ moves into media and entertainment with BeeGFS file system Posted: 24/11/2021
ThinkParQ moves into media and entertainment with BeeGFS file system

ThinkParQ, the company behind the leading parallel file system BeeGFS, has expanded its market reach by launching into the media and entertainment (M&E) sector.

Tags: ThinkParQ | BeeGFS | BeeGFS file system | media and entertainment | hardware-independent POSIX | parallel file system | ELEMENTS BOLT
Submitted by Page Melia PR
More from this author
EditShare Names CJP Broadcast as Channel Partner for UK and Ireland Posted: 24/11/2021
EditShare Names CJP Broadcast as Channel Partner for UK and Ireland

CJP Broadcast announces its appointment as an EditShare channel partner. The agreement, effectively immediately, covers the full range of EditShare storage, editing and media management products, including on-premises and cloud-virtualised systems.

Tags: CJP Broadcast Service Solutions Limited | ITIL based service desk solutions | broadcast tape digitisation | film digitisation | broadcast TV studio system integration | technical support services | live sports production system | Streamstar | Mo-Sys StarTracker S
Submitted by Stylus Media Communications
More from this author
Qumulo Recognized as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and trade; Posted: 24/11/2021
Qumulo Recognized as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and trade;

The Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ provides a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, fintech, and energy tech companies — both public and private — in North America. Qumulo, the breakthrough leader in radically simplifying enterprise file data management across hybrid cloud environments, ranked No. 163 on the 27th annual Deloitte Technology Fast 500™. "We’re honored to receive this recognition from Deloitte that underscores how Qumulo is contributing to our customers’ success and to the industry’s growth as a whole”, says Bill Richter, CEO Qumulo.






Tags: Deloitte Fast 500™ | File Data Management | Qumulo | North America
Submitted by Qumulo
More from this author
VidOvation Streamlines Live Video Distribution With AWS Elemental MediaConnect, Edge Computing, and Carrier-Agnostic e-SIMs Posted: 23/11/2021
VidOvation Streamlines Live Video Distribution With AWS Elemental MediaConnect, Edge Computing, and Carrier-Agnostic e-SIMs

VidOvation today announced that it has broadened its capabilities for live video distribution networks and cloud and edge computing. In addition, the company is rolling out carrier-agnostic e-SIMs with domestic and global support of 3G, 4G LTE, and 5G cellular networks.

Tags: VidOvation | live video distribution | e-SIM | cloud integration | cellular network
Submitted by Wall Street Communications
More from this author
Actus Digital Brings New, Enhanced Workflows to its Intelligent Compliance and Monitoring Platform at IBC2021 Posted: 23/11/2021
Actus Digital Brings New, Enhanced Workflows to its Intelligent Compliance and Monitoring Platform at IBC2021

Actus Digital, a leading provider of compliance logging and QA monitoring/alerting solutions, will showcase expanded workflows and enhancements to its AI-based, intelligent compliance and monitoring platform at IBC2021. The next generation of Actus Digital’s platform features extensive metadata integration for live and recorded content, as well as advanced search options, optimized content management and categorization, and quicker, more accurate content clipping, concatenation, and sharing. Leveraging the new capabilities, media companies can automate and semi-automate the publishing of high-quality video content extremely fast.

Tags: Compliance Logging | Metadata | Postproduction | OTT monitoring | IP streaming | Actus Adwatch
Submitted by 202 Communications
More from this author
Frequency Ensures Content Quality With Interra Systems ORION and ORION-OTT Monitoring Posted: 23/11/2021
Frequency Ensures Content Quality With Interra Systems and rsquo; ORION and ORION-OTT Monitoring

Interra Systems, a leading provider of content QC, monitoring, and analysis solutions to the digital media industry, today announced that Los Angeles-based software company Frequency, a leading provider of linear video channel cloud origination services, has deployed Interra Systems’ industry-leading ORION and ORION-OTT systems in an AWS cloud environment. Using Interra Systems’ end-to-end, cloud-based solutions, Frequency can efficiently monitor TSoIP contribution feeds while assuring exceptional audio-video quality and stability across its network of hundreds of FAST channels.

Tags: Free Ad-Supported Streaming Television | ORION | TSoIP | AWS cloud | QC and Monitoring | ORION-OTT
Submitted by 202 Communications
More from this author
SMPTE Rapid Industry Solutions On-Set Virtual Production Initiative Receives Epic MegaGrant Posted: 23/11/2021
SMPTE Rapid Industry Solutions On-Set Virtual Production Initiative Receives Epic MegaGrant

SMPTE®, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, today announced that SMPTE — through its newest program, Rapid Industry Solutions (RIS) On-Set Virtual Production Initiative (OSVP) — has received a prestigious Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games. Drawing on the expertise and contributions of diverse technology and thought leaders, the RIS OSVP is working quickly to assess challenges; establish goals; and make interoperability specifications, workflows, and best practices open and free to the industry along with supporting educational courses and webcasts. The $150,000 Epic MegaGrant will empower SMPTE to deliver even more quickly on the promise of this first RIS Initiative.




Tags: Rapid Industry Solution | Epic | MegaGrant | RIS | On-Set Virtual Production
Submitted by Wall Street Communications
More from this author
Marketron Integration Suite Simplifies Cross-Platform Data Sharing With Connectors for Salesforce, HubSpot, and NetSuite Posted: 23/11/2021
Marketron Integration Suite Simplifies Cross-Platform Data Sharing With Connectors for Salesforce, HubSpot, and NetSuite

Marketron, the broadcast industry's leading technology provider for more scalable, predictable, and reliable revenue, today announced the first three connectors within the new Marketron Integration Suite. Connectors for Salesforce, HubSpot, and NetSuite simplify and automate the sharing of data between Marketron's traffic systems and the three platforms. Streamlining the exchange of data between CRM and accounting platforms, these connectors reduce data silos, eliminate duplication and normalization issues, improve data accuracy, and enable greater efficiency and agility across sales, traffic, and billing operations.

Tags: Integration Suite | Data Sharing | Efficiency | Agility | Cross Platform
Submitted by Wall Street Communications
More from this author
Pages:   [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 > >>