Watch: ILM Featurette on That Final Battle Single Shot in 'Avengers'
by Ethan Anderton
December 28, 2012
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 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!