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VFX Supervisor Peter Chiang Breaks Down 3 Killer Pacific Rim Uprising Scenes

The latest incarnation in the Pacific Rim franchise is director Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim Uprising, a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Jaeger versus Kaiju extravaganza from 2013. Full of full-on robot and alien creature battles, the newest film required the firepower of visual effects studio Double Negative, via its several offices around the world, including in Vancouver, and studios such as Atomic Fiction, Territory Studio, Turncoat Pictures and an in-house VFX team. A number of previs companies also contributed - Halon, The Third Floor and Day for Night.

In this visual exploration of the film, production visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang, from Double Negative, discusses three key scenes of VFX action from Pacific Rim Uprising, and how they were made.

1. Scrapper makes a run for it

The scene: Early in the film, Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) stumbles upon amateur Jaeger builder Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny) and her illegal robot Scrapper. They are cornered by authorities — via a massive Jaeger called November Ajax — and make a run for it.

How it was made: “Scrapper’s interior &mdahs; it’s conn podd — had fixed walls and a fixed area around its cradle for when it was walking,” says Chiang. “But then it goes into this ball mode where it collapses into a rolling junkyard, if you like, a mass of metal, and tumbles around in order to increase speed to get away from November Ajax. There were two ways of shooting that.

“We shot the static areas with an existing set where production designer Stefan Dechant built the interior of the Scrapper robot. And it was all on gimbals and everything shook. But then when we needed to collapse it and get it into a metallic ball, it was shot against greenscreen so that we could do that transformation in CG, where all of the walls rotating were completely done CG.”

Read the rest of Ian's interview with Peter Chiang at our website.


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Le Petit Prince Screening is Standby Only!

The second film in our ongoing The French Touch series is director Mark Osborne’s Le Petit Prince, the 2015 adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s story about a young boy who lives on a distant planet and decides to travel the world only to discover that his favourite place is his little world which he shares with his friend The Rose.

Le Petit Prince is screening on Saturday, March 31st at 12PM. This free screening is sold out but standby is in effect!

Ticket holders take note! Seats are not guaranteed and will be allotted to ticket-holders on a first-come, first-served basis so arrive a little early to secure your spot!

Director Mark Osborne will be introducing the film via Skype.

When: Saturday, March 31 @ 12 pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
In French with English Subtitles
Admission: FREE
Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, Canada
Info & tickets: VIFF Vancity Theatre

SPARK ANIMATION 2018 Submissions Open

Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of SPARK ANIMATION by partaking in this year’s festival which runs October 25 to 28, 2018!

Whether you're an independent filmmaker, a big studio, or a student; whether you’re making commercials, PSAs, music videos, experimental shorts or any other type of animated project, we want to see what you’ve got!

Regular submission deadline is September 1, 2018 while the extended deadline is September 10, 2018.

For additional submission guidelines, information and to submit your project, visit our FilmFreeway festival page.

With hundreds of submissions spanning the world, SPARK ANIMATION is proud of the diversity of projects it receives and programs. The programming team makes every effort to ensure a blend of traditional and CG animation but we need your help! Help us spread SPARK ANIMATION further by sharing the submission page with friends, colleagues and on social media! Don't forget to hashtag your posts #SPARK2018!

Community News

The Vancouver Career Fair Is Back!

Designed to connect top creative talent with Vancouver's innovative studios, the annual Vancouver Career Fair for VFX, Animation and Video Games is taking place Saturday, April 14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East Building).

The free event is produced by the Vancouver Economic Commission with contributing partners Visual Effects Society, Spark CG Society, and Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH.

Larger than ever, this year's event will bring together 35 exhibitors including a wider range of participants in the Education Expo so whether you're looking for a job or for information on educational programs, this event is not to be missed!

For additional information and to register for a spot, visit the event website.

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