October 29, 2015

The latest Cinefex issue features an extensive article about Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, and the incredible VFX work that was achieved by the three studios in charge of creating these stunning and vertiginous images. Associate Editor Joe Fordham talks to some of the main actors who are behind these spectacular VFX, including Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Baillie, who oversaw the work completed by the three studios; as well as VFX Supervisor Sébastien Moreau, who led the Rodeo FX team.

The Montreal VFX studio created more than 100 VFX shots, including CG reconstructions of the towering World Trade Center and its surroundings, as well as other scenes from 1970s New York. In the article, Sébastien Moreau explains how the Rodeo FX artists recreated the WTC Plaza, and a whole section of lower Manhattan using live plates shot in Montreal. He also describes how the artists achieved the striking sequences where Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) stands on a platform beside Lady Liberty’s torch, and talks to the audience, as we see the Manhattan skyline in the background.

Filmed in Montreal last year, The Walk chronicles artist Philippe Petit’s high-wire walk between the newly constructed Twin Towers in 1974. The movie was converted to a stereographic version in postproduction, and is presented in IMAX 3D format. Beware of possible vertigo and dizziness!