Art of VFX currently has a terrific interview with Simon Stanley-Clamp, VFX Supervisor from Cinesite, talking about Cinesite’s contribution to the motion picture event of the decade, Avengers: Endgame.
From the interview:
What are the sequences made by Cinesite?
Simon: We worked across six sequences, the largest of which were:
- The opening Lost In Space sequence where Tony is stranded; interior and exterior shots of the Quill’s M-Ship, from Tony and Nebula playing table football to wide shots of the ship in space.
- Nebula, War Machine, Hawkeye and Black Widow visiting the planet Morag.
- New York city 2013 inside the Stark Tower lobby, Tony and Ant-Man’s planned heist to steal the tesseract from a suitcase.
- Tony Stark and Captain America at Camp Lehigh in the 1970s, where Tony meets his father while searching for the tesseract.
- Following the destruction of the Avengers base, Hawkeye is pursued by Outriders as he searches for and retrieves the gauntlet.
How did you organize the work with your VFX Producer?
Simon: Our work naturally divided into two, so we split the artists into two teams; I had supervisors leading each team for me and both shared the resources of our lighting, FX and assets departments.
How was the collaboration with directors Russo Brothers and VFX Supervisor Dan DeLeeuw?
Simon: We had no contact with the directors. VFX supervisor Dan DeLeeuw gave all the kick off briefs for our sequences. Once we were up and running we dealt with associate VFX supervisor Mårten Larsson and VFX producer Jen Underdahl, who were both a pleasure to work with. Initially we communicated remotely via cineSync sessions with weekly conference calls. As the project accelerated the number of cineSyncs and conference calls increased and at busiest period during the final push to delivery the supervisor and producers came to London for one to one sessions which were very helpful.
The rest of the article, which is wonderfully in depth and informative, can be found at Art of VFX.