Avengers: Age of Ultron – Cinefex 142 Extract

by Graham Edwards

Avengers: Age of Ultron - exclusive VFX coverage in Cinefex issue 142

All this week we’re featuring exclusive extracts from the articles in our latest issue – Cinefex 142, now available in both print and digital editions.

Our final offering is Avengers: Age of Ultron. You might think that once you’ve seen one Hulk, you’ve seen ‘em all. Not so, as proved in this extract featuring interviews with some of the key players at ILM:

“We did some nips and tucks on the original model to make Hulk leaner,” explained ILM animation supervisor Marc Chu. “Hulk is a little more GQ handsome this time around.”

ILM also developed a new muscle rig for Hulk, based on real-life physiologies. “ILM has always taken an outside-in approach to this type of animation,” commented ILM visual effects supervisor Ben Snow. “We would create a detailed skin surface with a lot of the muscle shapes built in, and then we’d create a muscle rig underneath that – but, often, the rig was used mostly for getting fleshy sims to jiggle and bulge.

“We still relied very heavily on the work and detailing done by our sculptors. On this one, creature technical director Sean Comer proposed building an inside-out system that entailed a more realistic set of underlying muscles, which would allow us to transfer more correct motion back onto the skin.”

Read the complete article in Cinefex 142, which also features Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road and San Andreas.

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5 thoughts on “Avengers: Age of Ultron – Cinefex 142 Extract

  1. This movie was a big letdown. I wish they would have put as much effort into the script as they did the effects.

    • It will change only when the fans want it too change. Yeah I feel for you but the special effects can only do so much.

    • But isnt it cool weather its pratical or CGI when everything the actors the special effects the pratical effects all come together!???!! Its like magic!

    • I was underwhelmed as well. It was entertaining but underwhelming.

      But then I saw Jurassic World and I suddenly have newfound appreciation for their efforts even if it wasn’t a home run.

      • Yeah I wish the directors would give us information but dont over whelm us.

        Like the Fifith Element it had good special effects but the story was so all over the place. I had to watch it several times to get the message its about love right.

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