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Watch: ILM Featurette on That Final Battle Single Shot in 'Avengers'

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December 28, 2012

The Avengers

With the end of the year looming, The Avengers has been making it onto some lists of the Best Films of 2012 (Ben included it in his year-end countdown just yesterday). And while the hype surrounding the film has died down significantly since it's been on Blu-Ray and DVD for months, Iron Man 3 will keep The Avengers love flying high when Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe kicks off next summer. Now Industrial Light and Magic has released a cool featurette looking at the development of that one amazing single shot sequence in the final battle in Manhattan. You know the one we're talking about. Watch it!

Here's the featurette from ILM on The Avengers from ILM's YouTube channel (via SlashFilm):

Here's what ILM says about the sequence: "While The Avengers posed many visual effects challenges, one of the larger challenges was pulling together the “tie-in” shot during the third act of the film. Rather than frames, this single shot is measured in minutes on screen and is one of the longest effects shots in the film. It incorporates both practical special effects and extensive digital visual effects by ILM. The New York City environment that serves as the setting for this shot (and virtually the entire alien invasion) is computer generated by the visual effects team at ILM." This is some stunning and amazing work. Nicely done, ILM!

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  • comic393
    this should hav been on the blu ray!
  • how about this
    This movie is fun but way overrated.It's basically just pretentiously long action scene with a bit of dialog in between stuff getting wrecked.Fun but overrated.Bring on the fanboy rage.
    • pickle t1ts
      Pretentious...? Explain how a shot filled with comic book heroes and CGI in a move about fighting aliens is pretentious. Do you know the words meaning? The context in which it is used? I'm not defending this movie just pointing out how you misused that word to sound snarky and ended up looking like a moron who doesn't know how to apply the adjective "Pretentious" to it's proper context.
      • Szkari
        give him a break pickle t1ts... man, you`re "pretentious" ;P ps - this movie really sucked... althought I admire all the work that was done to create it.
        • how about this
          Szkari go suck a bag of dicks ...;)
          • Don
            anybody who disses on the Avengers should go suck donkey dick. that means you "how about this" and "Szkari"
          • Just Trolling Don
            Grow up.This movie is a fairytale.There is nothing manly about it.
          • Szkari
            I already did... when I saw The Avengers movie in cinema;) I was raped then by the producer, director and many others who made this movie just for cash;P
      • how about this
        You know what I mean Mr. OCD Grammar Nazi..sure,my use and possibly even the understanding of English language is horrendous but I believe the unenlightened moron that I am I still manage to get across how I feel about this movie..it's pretentious in its pomposity of trying to make a bunch of "dudes in spandex" look like anything but a bunch of faggots and I don't mean in a homosexual way,it's just pretentious crap..it's fun masterfully executed crap...and I did enjoy the movie but it's just pop corn schlock..
        • Szkari
          I couldn't agree more!
        • Cody W
          Your comment is very pretentious :)
          • how about this
            Gotta be one to know one ;)
  • Chris Edwards R8
    Hate that shot. Just screams Visual Effects, look at ME!!! Totally pulls you out of the moment. Too clever. Too neat. Like a high school film.
    • http://twitter.com/Dr_Interesting Snev De la Fontaine
      I don't think the shot was made for the sole purpose of "Visual effects, look at me!". Quite ironicaly, I think you are focusing too much on the Visual Effects alone. After seeing this group of independant superheroes, fighting each other as if they're still those isolated heroes they were in their own film, this is the moment when they fight together. We lose the chaotic fragments of each hero and see all of them along side each other in a continious shot. Each in their own, now definite, position in New York, but each a part of the bigger picture and complimenting each others actions. In that shot, they have become The Avengers.
  • castingcouch
    If only as much skill had been expended on the story and script. All flash and little substance doesn't make for a great movie. In my opinion.

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