QuickClick: ILM Reveals the Visual Effects of The Avengers
01.12.13 by Ryan
Considering the huge success of last year's The Avengers, there are probably few out there who are unfamiliar with Marvel's comic book adaptation, which assembled all of Marvel's individual, cinematic superheroes onto one team. However, what most people probably haven't seen is how effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) created the Academy Award–nominated visual effects of the movie, including the creation of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier and the computer-generated New York City that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) flies around in at the start of the movie.
In order to reveal the company's visual effects work (and celebrate the Oscar nod), ILM has released an Avengers reel online. "This reel represents a small fraction of the work created by over 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team," said the company of their reel, which transitions from computer sketches to behind-the-scenes shots of the production to the final product.
As an added bonus, here's another ILM featurette that breaks down how the visual effects company created that long, "tie-in" shot featured in the VFX reel, where each team member is shown fighting off the Chitauri invaders in New York City.
If you're looking for more on The Avengers, there's a third featurette revealed by ILM on The Huffington Post which shows how Mark Ruffalo's character of Bruce Banner transformed into the Hulk. There's no embedding allowed right now, so to check out that video, head here.