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The Wolf of Wall Street

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The Wolf of Wall Street sees long term Scorsese collaborator, DiCaprio playing Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world.

Method’s involvement on this film covered a wide range of visual effects tasks from modeling and compositing a CG yacht, boat and a helicopter through to environmental enhancements of the Italian island – the location for one of the most dramatic scenes in the movie.

The VFX team also designed and created a CG tennis court with stone staircases, fountains with running water, and wind-blown leaves for a sequence taking place on Belfort’s estate. The challenge here was that the rig on the set was shaking and pulling on an uneven speed and height, but the VFX supervisor requested the motion to be very smooth and even leveled. Prior to adding any CG the team had to take control of the stabilization and the camera move itself. Once that was done, the artists simultaneously refined the track and submitted iterations of the CG set for client approval.

Most shots in the "Italy" sequence, where the action is based on a yacht off the Mediterranean coast, were filmed with a hand-held camera, and resulted in some very challenging tracks. Seemingly simple green screen composites involved challenging tracks and a fine attention to detail when it came to blending focal lengths of the background and foreground elements which often included water.


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