Destin Daniel Cretton
Overall VFX Supervisor
Overall VFX Producer
Rodeo FX Crew
Bringing neon lights, skyscrapers and bamboo to the big screen
“I’d been wanting to be involved in a Marvel show for quite some time so when I heard about this show, and that it involved a fight sequence on a building covered in bamboo scaffolding, I got very excited and curious about it.”
After Thor: Ragnarok and Ant-Man and the Wasp, our team was eager to bring more incredible effects to a Marvel movie. This time, we’re following a master of Kung-Fu in a perilous fight against the Ten Rings organization.
Just like our new hero, Shang-Chi, we had to use all our skills and even develop new ones to take on this challenge. While dealing with travel restrictions, our team had to work with aerial footage and data from Open Street Map to develop a complete layout of Macau where a fully digital 56-story-high skyscraper houses the Golden Daggers Nightclub.
From there, our work went from the rendering of a city with more than 500 vehicles and 1508 pedestrians, to the shot-work of an exhilarating fight scene on bamboo scaffoldings, which proved to be even more complex! Illuminated by two giant billboards, this fast-paced and beautifully choreographed fight had to go through blue screen extraction, CG reflection work, and facial replacement for the stuntmen.
With more than 20 hours per frame, this meticulous work was a success and one of the most realistic and challenging fight scenes ever realized by our team.