The latest Cinefex issue features an extensive article about Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. Editor Jody Duncan talks to VFX Supervisor Jody Johnson who oversaw the visual effects work on the movie, to special effects Supervisor Mark Holt, and to François Dumoulin, VFX Supervisor at Rodeo FX.
Rodeo FX created over 260 visual effects shots, for a total duration of 27 minutes, including concept art, seamlessly interwoven set extensions, and evocative matte painting. The team worked on sequences in Nantucket Harbour, extending digitally art department sets representing 19th century Nantucket, Massachusetts. The Rodeo FX team also contributed to the sequences of the Essex sailing on open water.
Inspired by the myth of Moby Dick, In the Heart of the Sea introduces the audience to the whaling industry that spurred its phenomenal growth from the early 1800s through to the middle of the century. The film saw theatrical release on Dec. 11.