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Now You See Me

Rodeo FX has delivered 350 complex VFX shots for “Now You See Me,” serving as the film’s main VFX vendor. The film was released by Summit Entertainment May 31st. The Rodeo FX team created and produced a huge and diverse array of shots for the new film, comprising 23 total minutes of visual effects-driven screen time.

 

Rodeo’s work involved producing the VFX for dozens of sequences. These included creating: CG crowds to fill in thousands of seats of the MGM Grand Hotel and the Savoy Theater, millions of CG Euros, a magical prop named the “Crusher,” Manhattan and Chicago city matte paintings, Las Vegas “Four Horsement” signs and promo, and holographic design rising from CG water and smoke. Of particular note was Rodeo’s creation of projections onto buildings and the highly complex “Five Points” motion graphics-driven sequence (described further below.) Rodeo created numerous additional CG images, including playing cards, large bubbles, cars and helicopters, a police chase, actor doubles and even a CG rabbit.

 

Details about various Rodeo FX sequences for “Now You See Me” include:

 

** Rodeo FX produced a major sequence inside the Las Vegas MGM Grand for which Rodeo filled the entire arena with a mix of 2D crowd elements and CG crowd, using highly innovative techniques which included using "off the shelf" solutions such as Kinect and PS3 cameras for Motion Capture and 3D scanning.

 

** Rodeo FX used particle simulation to add millions of Euros falling onto the audience for the MGM sequence, and created and animated a CG “Crusher” (compactor-like prop) that teleports a lead character into a Paris bank vault.

 

** The first shot in the MGM sequence was more than a minute long. Rodeo created this shot by stitching and morphing three different cable cam plates together to form a 720-degree spinning shot of the stadium. Rodeo filled the arena with a 2D and 3D cheering crowd, enhancing the shot (as well as many other shots) with lens flares and the addition of giant video screens.

 

** Rodeo FX created photo-real CG cars and a helicopter in an action packed car chase sequence set in Manhattan.

 

** For a sequence set in the Savoy Theatre in New Orleans, Rodeo FX designed and animated enormous CG bubbles, developing new techniques during the process. The company filled the theater with a CG crowd; tracked and composited a giant check and designed the number transformation on it, and animated CG playing cards that were thrown into the audience by the cast.

 

** Rodeo FX designed and created a prominent holograph animation, in which blue-prints to magic tricks are shown to the four lead cast members. For this sequence, Rodeo integrated fluid simulations to create the water animation that leads to the holographs.

 

** Other Rodeo FX contributions included the recreation of a night-time city with digital matte-paintings and a green-screen shot of the actors in an office featuring a Las Vegas backdrop.  Rodeo also did a good deal of plate photography using the Red Epic camera—these included a night-time city shoot (generic and shot-specific actions,) lens flares, smoke and water elements.

 

Read more about our work on Now You See Me: CGW, POST Magazine, Creative Cow, AWN, Creative Handbook ,Creative Planet, SHOOT 

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