Director Jon Chu’s experience with his previous two Step Up franchise was perfect training for sequel of action movie G.I Joe, in which Joes are disgraced by Cobra attack.
G.I Joe Retaliation required its own VFX which was delivered by Digital Domain , ILM and Method Studios. Overall VFX of the movie was supervised by James Madigan which ensured that shots delivered are seamless and proficient.
Several key sequences including explosion of motorcycle by Firefly, the Zeus space base satellite, tank battle, the reveal of President was handled by Digital Domain which was headed by Thad Beier. This was the biggest simulation in Digital Domain’s history.
The main challenge was to create realistic vehicles. They created CG version of HISS Tank, Zeus satellite and Cobra commander’s dual jet engine- powered helicopter. Artists created two models of HISS Tank, one was used for a reference. Digital Domain team joined forces with Reliance team in London, who then built CG tanks with thousands of part shaded and textured to create a massive battle scene. The concept drawing of the satellite was created by the art department and the artists in London facility created the highly detailed 3D model which was shared with other facilities. Artists used Houdini to simulate the ripping of satellite in a procedural way.
“In the end it looks mysterious and leaves you wanting more,” remarks Beier.
Industrial Light and Magic deliver VFX shots for Himalayan fight sequence involving groups of ninjas hanging from ropes on the sheer rock face. The VFX by ILM was supervised by Bill George.
The scene was shot in an old warehouse where they constructed NASA rockets. They created steep Green wall with lot of rigging above to swing the stunt people.
Finally , Method studio in Vancouver and New York delivered VFX shots of all out assault on G.I Joe camp by a squadron of CG Apache attack helicopters, raining down machine gun tracer fire and missiles, blowing up every vehicle and killing almost everyone.
The movie was released worldwide last Friday.