Director: Scott Derrickson
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Release date: 12/12/08

In this highly visual effects-driven film, Rodeo FX teamed up with Weta Digital to create 2 major matte paintings of New York.  Rodeo FX delivered a CG matte painting of an aerial view of the city at night for the arrival of the spaceship.  Our second painting was a view of Central Park and its surroundings after serious destruction had ensued. Both shots required extensive interaction with animated assets that Weta was adding throughout the film, so our work involved rendering many layers and passes for flexibility in achieving the interactivity needed to create the hyper-real shots. The final shot results from this successful collaboration are truly impressive.