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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 22:11

Creating Effects on Ghostbusters

Written by  Tony Daniels
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Filming Ghostbusters was no small task for director Paul Feig and his crew.

They had to create something out of the ordinary to compete with the huge success of the 1984 classic. They did this by pulling together some of the motion picture industries elite, including MPC VFX supervisor Dave Seager. Seager created compelling effects primarily centered around the final battle in Times Square.

These scenes included the Mercado lobby where the Ghostbusters confront the villain, Rowan, that has possessed the Ghostbusters' receptionist, Kevin. The Ghostbusters battle Rowan, in the form of a giant marauding cartoon monster, on the streets of Times Square. In a recent interview with Post Magazine, Seager offered insight into creating these amazing scenes, cutting edge work and technology ,and working with director Fieg.

“One of our biggest challenges was the cloth simulation for the monster form of Rowan," explained Seager. " There is a huge difference between the way a six-foot piece of cloth moves as compared to a 300-foot tall piece of cloth. We found that out-of-the-box, most simulations broke the scale of the creature, making him look small. We ended up having to do a lot of work to try and create the complex shapes and motion to sell the fact that Rowan is the size of a building.”

He didn't feel pressure to outdo the effects from the 1984 film, but was aware of the degree to which the original film is held on high by general audiences. "We all knew that we could go further with the effects, but the pressure we felt related to the original film was more general. The original film is a fantastic balance of great writing, hilarious performances, classic production design and fun effects. So, in that respect, we understood that we played a part in creating the FX, but the pressure truly fell on the shoulders of Paul Feig to marshal all aspects of the film production to stand up to the original.” (POST)

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