- John Singleton
- VFX Supervisor
- Greg Liegey
- Michele Vallillo
- Method Studios
- Los Angeles
Like many Hollywood action films, Abduction contains many adrenalin powered scenes packed full of explosives. The director was keen to utilize old-school practical effects shot in camera as much as possible which presented Method Studio’s team of visual effects artists with an interesting challenge.
Greg Liegey, Method’s VFX Supervisor, talks though the processes involved."One key shot which was fun to work on was the house explosion," Liegey comments. "A bomb detonates from within the main character’s house and he and his girlfriend just barely escape from the blast.” Method was given footage of an exploding miniature which needed to be combined with live action shots of the actors escaping. Some of the main challenges were lining up the miniature camera moves to the actual plate camera moves and fixing those inevitable areas where the model and the real life house didn't line up perfectly. "We relied heavily on the Nuke 3D camera to sync up the shots for the correct depth and parallax” Liegey explains. "For the actors in the foreground, we wanted to give the sense that they were enveloped in this cataclysm and not just composited in front, so we included embers falling and smoke wafting in multiple planes throughout the shot.”
Liegey says the experience reminded him of Waterworld, which he also worked on and was very traditional in terms of the techniques used to portray the action taking place. “The use of miniatures is becoming a lost art, so it was great to have artists at Method on hand who are expert at combining miniatures with digital enhancement in a seamless and believable way” he concludes.