Behind the Scenes with Digital Domain

I stumbled upon a fun behind the scenes video with Digital Domain that had a lot of interesting insights. I especially liked the environment rebuilding stuff towards the end of the video.

Check it out!

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5 years ago
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115 Comments

Chris
5 years ago
- rant mode on -

I did not believe a single shot...The computer work is visible everywhere. And I think they are not supposed to be visible.
I know as a VFX artist you should go for what "looks good" instead of what looks "real". But this is far away from being believable.
Game aesthetics in a movie. Not the best thing to do...

- rant mode off-
Hari
5 years ago
GHOSTIMAGE is the name of the movie. I feel terrible this is Andrews site and thread I am not supposed to promote my work in his place.

Hari
5 years ago
Wow! amazing visual effects in gi joe! thanks for sharing! greetings from Brazil
KebleTar
5 years ago
I Agree with Rimington. These shots were awesome but some other like the desert scene looked really unrealistic, and even more unrealistic when watching it in HD...
5 years ago
wow, this is great i always like to watch movies like this..thanks for posting..its very amazing
pete
5 years ago
it's probably not worthless when they're at the bank cashing their checks.
Marco
5 years ago
Its amazing and also sad. Seeing such talented people put such hard work into a cheesy worthless film like GI JOE.
5 years ago
Hari, do you have a link to your Work?
kc
5 years ago
PS HARI

Man I walked out of Terminator, glad you liked it, I would have rather had sat on a chair and watched myself burn in the mirror. Im a big fan of cheese, GI JOE all the way for me, entertaining story and awesome graphics!

Let down of the century!!! Superman returns!! Shame on Bryan Singer.. it should have gone to BAY & Spielberg!
kc
5 years ago
wow.. that gi joe bts vid was awesome

cg channel has just knocked redtube of the number one spot for my top 10 sites ;) JK he he
Dan
5 years ago
That's just my guess anyhow, maybe he WAS dissing on you :P
Dan
5 years ago
@ Hari

I think Agent2018 was querying if AK had done any cinema VFX as he is wondering if there is reason to Andrews posting of VFX breakdowns.

In any case, can you link to your work? Would be interested in checking it out.
ivan james
5 years ago
thank andrew that's so awesome
5 years ago
How about a tutorial regarding Rigid Body Dynamics and prodedural modeling in Houdini? Anybody here familiar with Voxels (pixels with volumetric data)? Any good Houdini resources? odforce.net is the only one i know.
5 years ago
Okay I have to see this movie!!!! :D
5 years ago
mango
5 years ago
Go JOE.... Go Kramer.....
Yassine
5 years ago
thanks man
http://www.moving-picture.com for more stuff
5 years ago
Very exciting stuff!! Makes me want to quit my day job and rotoscope frames all day! xD
Hari
5 years ago
Agent2018,

If you are questioning me. I have produced two movies. One got sold to FOX international and its currently playing in Showtime channel which was shot on super 35mm. The other in post production a scifi genre shot on RED. I am working as digital compostior on Fusion and Aftereffects in addition to producign and investing int he project. So if you want more details i can give you so you can check it out. Both are independent productions. So it is tough to make a low budget movie within the budget.

I know how much work it takes to get movies done especially visual effects oriented movie. At the end of the day the movie should be interesting for the audience with a good story. There is no good in making a movie without a good story.

As a vfx artist you can careless about the story becuase you want to get a job becuase it pays your bills.

Its irrelavant to talk and explain about this here. Becuase this is basically a place to learn the skills of VFX. Which i am greatful for Andrew for helping us to understand the inner workings of how much time it takes to get a job done and how tough it is.

Best,
Hari
hIREn sOni
5 years ago
very cool!
I really like your posted (behind the scenes) videos
Steve M
5 years ago
Thanks for Sharing AK!!
5 years ago
wow!!!!
it's beautiful.
good job!
Mike D
5 years ago
GI Joe looks VFX don't look very good.
Lindsay
5 years ago
Hey Andrew, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.
5 years ago
Each time I see how movies are done, I'm always impress! Can't believed how much work and and problems that they need to resolve to get it done!

Like your post Andrew!
Fynn
5 years ago
oh well... in this case the sentence "we'll fix that in post" is very relevant xD
but amazing CGI work!
5 years ago
this makes me wonder. have you done vfx for any movies?? if so which ones??....
Hari
5 years ago
What good is a effect shot without a good story?

GIJoe was really upsetting. On the other hand, TERMINATOR SALVATION kick ass job with good story.

Hari
Shibdabou
5 years ago
Andrew could never do such effects ;P.
And
5 years ago
i whatched yesterday and in some of airplanes aren't so amazing ,, they somewhere havent played whith the light corectly :) i think transformer 2 first half was better interects with the world
5 years ago
So awesome. I did not realize that a lot of the scenes in the movie involved greenscreen and not cgi.
Philippe Poulard
5 years ago
Warf ...
dream at all in this forum I think ...
5 years ago
Nice Special Effects.
thx for posting it
5 years ago
wow, that movie is completely a special effect movie.
Nice, thank you.
kawa3d
5 years ago
o my god this is my best thank u dear andrew
hendri
5 years ago
Woah, that is so inspiring! It must have taken so much time and effort to make all those details the way they wanted it to be.. I just have to admire those who have done it, maybe someday some of us might be doing stuff like that in movies, who knows? :> great post!
Luxis4
5 years ago
you should really make some FX from gi joe yourself andrew :) and tutorials
leef
5 years ago
I haven't seen the movie, but remember thinking the trailer gfx didn't look believable, same with the scenes in this behind-the-scenes montage. Very impressive work, but something always just looks unbelievable. Maybe I'll change my mind when I see it in HD.
Saad
5 years ago
Ahh crap... Can't see the video on iPod touch..

Will chxk it out soon!!
RaMdOmDuDe
5 years ago
Why don't you do a behind the scenes of VideoCoPilot.net?
aidan-paul
5 years ago
@daniel they most likely use flame and maya bro.
However
5 years ago
Iuliu i agree wid u 100%
artflame noir
5 years ago
This is exactly why this website is so awesome, cause of Andrews amazing enthusiasm in share anything of interest with... I love this place...

Thanks man, fantastic link...
Wesley
5 years ago
Man, I just watched TODAY an here in Brazil (Pixel Show) event where the creative director of Digital Domain speech. Those guys are just awesome.
5 years ago
omg.look how much creativity you have to have to do what they do!it's so hard and complicated!
5 years ago
Nack, me too.

After seeing MATRIX, nothing impress me.
Nack
5 years ago
Honestly I wasn't really too impressed with the SE in GIJOE.
Carson
5 years ago
It's kind of tragic when you think about the tremendous amount of work that goes into the effects of a movie like this, and then the finished movie ends up being a shitty and forgettable summer popcorn flick.
Goldenvale
5 years ago
I just can't believe how they do those special effects, they look so real. Especially the Eiffel Tower scene.
Jhon
5 years ago
Amazing! Thank you, AK! :) ;)

Greetings from Argentina.
Zvi Twersky
5 years ago
Best site ever for courses on tracking and visual effects with tons of free HD tracking plates, footage, and much more for exercises:

http://www.hollywoodcamerawork.us/greenscreenplates.html
atifqureshi
5 years ago
i love CGI Process thanks
5 years ago
I loved the end of the video when they stopped the footage and showed each layer of the CGI process as it was added. That is always fun to see.
Mikko Hassinen
5 years ago
The movie was quite crappy, but the effects were just amazing!
5 years ago
Nice.
Digital Domain is really good!
But my favourite is ILM.
andrew falk
5 years ago
WOW...i can't believe DD did the effects for GI Joe.....personally....i thought alot of the effects in the movie were.......BAD!....maybe they just did the money shots....like the GI JOE plane...awful! Me and the company i work at went to go see it ...we were very disappointed.
i saw alot of green on the rotoshots as well....and the chase scene with the delta suits....maybe the animators didn't study physics...just wasn't believable....anyway..thats my rant for the day....but i do love all the info you provide on this site...i check it everyday...keep it up....and where do i get my hands on a Video Copilot T-shirt?
5 years ago
I wasnt going to see this movie at all, but now I will just for the effects.
illd
5 years ago
cool stuff, thanks vcp.
Rayan
5 years ago
thanks It's grate
Morty
5 years ago
If only G.I. Joe was worth a penny as a storyline or if it had anything original at all..
Id probably like this review..
Anyway, Im an animator, but also a viewer, so I must say, the FX are mind-blowing and sadly, they are the only thing that looks good in the entire movie :)
Thanx for sharing it with us, Andrew, I always love to see some behind-the-scenes action ;)
5 years ago
Looking forward to see a Tutorial for the Environment-Scene at the End of the Video!
5 years ago
The street chase scene!
Was that 3d projection or is it my idea???
Awsome!
AlpineNapo
5 years ago
Go here http://www.moving-picture.com/index.php/vfx-breakdowns.html

to see a lot of vfx breakdown... ;)
Yagami__
5 years ago
@abhay sharma Nuke is a Node Based working environment.. and a bit difficult to get used to ;)

btw Andrew ... Awesome as always...!!!
5 years ago
Digital Domain is and always has been one of my favorite VFX houses. And each time they do some more work for a feature film, i get reminded of WHY they are.

I loved the Eiffel-Tower and the Digital Environment-stuff...

Awesome.

I think, these tasks would have been a lot tougher, if not impossible, without using NUKE.

Oh, and @abhay sharma:

The Timeline in Nuke is directly under the Viewer =)
Vicky
5 years ago
Thanks very much Sir...
FdK
5 years ago
:/ Stunned + blown away
Jason
5 years ago
Amen .Bro.Bill and Sevis
5 years ago
X the is :(

sorry!
5 years ago
Green-screen plates if any one is needs/wants/has-to-have! :)

http://www.hollywoodcamerawork.us/greenscreenplates.html
iacere
5 years ago
Veeeeery nice!!!!
Peter
5 years ago
Cool video Andrew,That chopper at the end looks like the one you posted before showing the real one and the cgi you made.Hmmmm?
Ivan
5 years ago
Andrew, you could make it much better !!!! :D :D :D :D :D
5 years ago
awesome post!
Digital Domain uses a node based compositor called "nuke".
I tried nuke last month on linux pc.
it is truely awesome and very fast.
but you know what, I didn't find the "TIMELINE"
Well for an after effect user like me is a little difficult
to grab.
A.S.
5 years ago
I haven't watched the hyper left wing movie, but the clip that I did see... I gotta say that with their awesome knowledge about VFX, they completely messed up a shot. When one of the Joe's or maybe two, jump through the bus that is going perpendicular, inertia and simple physics was not accounted for at all. I noticed the front Joe crash through the left bus window (right window in the shot; I know...confusing.), and exiting the adjacent right bus window. Even a bullet wouldn't be fast enough to crash through the adjacent window. OOPS! Great FX, hands down, but common, you make a movie like that, you don't have to have a mathematician to figure that out. Just hire me! I win a T-shirt.
5 years ago
Ya, that's amazing!!! I wish I was that good at 3d Animation!
5 years ago
that was pretty cool.... I hope to see a tutorial on this one pretty soon. LOL
JB
5 years ago
Very nice post Andrew!!!! Always love to see what the industry is up to.

@ Daniel They did say that the particle system was houdini which is a node based compositor. Most High end industry studios use node based systems not layer based as after effects is. For more information on those creativecow.net has some good posts.
kuRt rusSels hAir
5 years ago
unreal. I knew it was effects heavy but to be in total control of recreating scenes... and doing it well. Great post, thank you for the inspiration and inside peak.
Russ
5 years ago
The short overhead clip of the Eiffel Tower at the end looks like it could be done using:

1. Camera mapping for everything other than the Eiffel Tower (In fact I believe, given the last part of the video, this is exactly how they did it).
2. The Tower in 3dsMax (Yikes! Even procedurally it's got to be a nightmare to model!).
3. Combined motion control between Max and AE (I know you can do this but I have never had a project requiring this. Knock on wood.)
5 years ago
I always wanted to know about this :O!
5 years ago
Awesome video! Thanks man!
Kevin Lee
5 years ago
nice, thanks for posting this fantastic find Andrew.
5 years ago
That was really cool and shows us all just how much work has to be put in to make great effects.. I wonder how much coffee is consumed.. and donuts, jelly filled delicious doughnuts.....

*runs away to get a doughnut*

Thanks!
5 years ago
WOW! Very awesome. Love the behind the scenes stuff. :)
Spencer
5 years ago
I've been inside this building! It's awesome.
5 years ago
This is awesome!!!!....unlike the movie! awesome effects can't just be the only good thing about the movie. the plot sucked. oh well, all i can say is the effects were amazing!
Juan Francisco
5 years ago
We love this kind of posts on your blog Andrew, thanks so much!
Torgeir
5 years ago
Hi!
I really like it when you post things like this in the blog. It gives us readers more insight in the buisness and you can show us what you get inspiration from.

I have suggestion that would really make this site exeptionally good; I would love to see you teaching us in how to plan a shot, set up the scene, perform it (equipment and things to remember) and THEN how to edit it in After Effects. I want to learn how i can make my shots better, and how to adapt the editing to MY scene.

An examlpe would be to take a normal camcorder with you when you plan and shoot the scenes for the tutorial. As your videoblog gets better you can start learning us tips and tricks not only in editing but in the filming-process. Just upload a video to the blog or put it in a tutorial.

This is just a request that i would like to see in the future.. I can see that you are really busy at times, so this may be too much. But thanks anyway. Keep up the good work!

Greetings from Norway! (22nd :D)
Plop
5 years ago
Andrew Im out of condoms. Is sandwich bag ok to use?

Thanks from Iowa
mohit
5 years ago
good stuff thanx for sharing
J-GA
5 years ago
I still got a lot to learn from you MASTER
Lindsay
5 years ago
Crazy! I always wonder how many terabytes of memory something like these scenes require, how vast are the render farms to process them and so on. I recall a couple of years ago reading about a madman who had created an animated film entirely in his home computer and his final render went on for literally month after month. He had a number of backup batteries to cover for any power interruptions. I couldn't get over the notion of one mouse click and then walk away, you won't see your finished product until spring and what if you see it and realize something needs to be changed lol. Very cool stuff Andrew, thanks!
Peter
5 years ago
Hey this is amazing! check out the list of artists that will do the gnomon master classes this year, there is so much to learn! Andrew you should be part of that! http://www.gnomonschool.com/master/
daniel
5 years ago
i have a question... do they use after effects for these big movies? or what programs do they use
Raed.S
5 years ago
Great Work with the Effects
Micke
5 years ago
Thanks for sharing! It would be really cool with a tutorial showing how to build a scenery similar to the one they built around the eiffel tower. :)
Samael
5 years ago
Andrew you made the 3D model of starfleet symbol at the begining for the startrek movie right?
Simon Steele
5 years ago
Very cool thanks for sharing
soma peires
5 years ago
awesome ;)
really interesting to view behind those fx used in the movie...
I liked the GIJoe^^
Enforced
5 years ago
Wow Nice Andrew Kramer

This is my favourite website, you've helped me so mcu

THANK YOU

Greetings Holland
5 years ago
omg thats just amazing thanks andrew:P
5 years ago
OMG Do you know how long I have been searching for this!!! This is one of my favorite company's!
Anthony
5 years ago
Wow that was amazing
Remington M
5 years ago
This was one of those movies where I thought that some of the visual effect work was amazing while others were almost video game quality. It seems like Digial Domain only had their hand in the good shots, because there were some like the sand, and the CG polar bear that were just terrible. I still havn't figured out there rationalization of creating a poor CG polar bear instead of simply filming one, it doesn't seem to difficult to me. Thats just my 2 cents though:)
Sebastian
5 years ago
thanks for this Andrew
Jeremy
5 years ago
that is awesome really cool effects!!
5 years ago
Wow great! its awesome!
Bennet
5 years ago
Awesome!
I really like your posted (behind the scenes) videos :)
wilber
5 years ago
very cool, great effects
mrnext
5 years ago
awesome man thenx a lot
Pedrock
5 years ago
Nice Special Effects.
Remington M
5 years ago
Thanks! I always appreciate it when you post things like this.
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