'Pacific Rim' Prologue Gets Cool Before & After VFX Breakdown Video

September 11, 2013
Source: Gizmodo

Pacific Rim

We've already highlighted some cool featurettes showcasing the special effects of blockbusters like The Great Gatsby, Elysium and Iron Man 3. Now a new featurette shows us an awesome and detailed visual effects breakdown for Guillermo del Toro's epic, monstrous blockbuster Pacific Rim. More specifically, this focuses on the informative prologue that explains how the kaiju came to attack Earth, and how humanity built the Jaeger robots to fight them. There's no narration, but the images speak for themselves, showing all the different layers, elements and more that go into making these sequences look real. Watch!

Here's the visual effects breakdown for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim prologue from Gizmodo:

Be sure to check out our interview ILM's supervising animator Hal Hickel about Pacific Rim right here.

Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) is directing Pacific Rim from a script by Travis Beacham. The film follows a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi), who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger, a massive robot designed to fight legions of monstrous creatures known as Kaiju, which started rising from the sea years ago. They stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. The film also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day and Clifton Collins Jr. Warner Bros will release Pacific Rim on Blu-Ray and DVD October 15th. Cool stuff?

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  • Dan Hibiki
    I hate when they make a kick ass monster then fuck it up with motion blur, rain, darkness and smoke all at the same time.
    • Commenter
      I liked the movie.
      • Dan Hibiki
    • Michael Kingscott
      Hmmmm. I agree, a lot of the shots were dark and you couldn't see the kaiju clearly which was disappointing, but I think they're going for a more realistic approach to, er, show off, e.g. "look at our cool monsters in a dark and stormy night" 😉
      • Moosa Mahsoom
        The movie is titled "Pacific Rim"..... areas surrounding the pacific ocean receive rains regularly....
        • Michael Kingscott
          Ah, good point, I hadn't thought of that :-)
    • I know what shot you're talking about, but that shot isn't even in the movie. They show how they used the model a second later in a wide shot where the motion blur and weather helped make it part of the scenery.
  • It's a bit like painting with moving images watching that, looked great, I actually liked some of the images before they had all the dirt on them, but it was really good to see how they went form concept to finished movie.
  • Snowmanfloza
    Very cool. I also think some of the images actually looked better before all that other stuff was added. Still very cool to see. Great movie.....
  • toonfed
    This video made my week
    Thank G-d for SFX!!!
  • Mike Mullaney
    The new Jaegers they showed here, first one looked like the original Jaeger, what was the name of the others illustrated, and the of the monsters?
  • Moosa Mahsoom
    The movie is really good..... everything was straight forward, the VFX were one of the best, the direction is like all del Toro movies. The only reason why this didn't dominate Box office was because of Despicable Me 2.




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