Watch: Stunning VFX Breakdown from Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'

June 26, 2013
Source: The Film Stage

The Great Gatsby

If you've seen The Great Gatsby, then you know that Baz Luhrmann filled his adaptation of the classic novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald with some truly stunning imagery that was glitzy, flashy and just beautiful. But just how much of that mesmerizing setting that we saw on the big screen was real, and how much was fake? Thankfully, Luhrmann has allowed visual effects supervisor Chris Godfrey to post this amazing breakdown of some of the shots, complete with before and after shots, and some of them will just blow your mind. This specific reel only highlights the work of an effects house called Animal Logic, but there were seven more companies who worked on the film to complete nearly 1500 visual effects shots. Watch below!

Click on the image to watch the visual effects breakdown for The Great Gatsby (via The Film Stage):

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is directed by Baz Luhrmann (of Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet previously) from a script he wrote himself with Craig Pearce, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of the same name. Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and finds himself drawn into his social circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher and more also star in the movie which hit theaters on May 10th this summer.

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  • That was great, always made my head melt the planning that must go into how much parts will be physical and how much will be digital.
  • Joesy
    I find these kinds of videos amazing, Hollywood is all about the illusion however I cant help but not think of the many people who lost their relevance in the behind the scenes making of the film because of the way you can gets results with a computer
    • CrusaderG
      Joesy, sorry, but i cant agree with that, look at what happened to Rhythm and Hues after working on Life of Pi. the people 'behind the camera' came away with Oscars while the artists who made it happen are left without work. or is that what you mean?
      • Joesy
        Yeah, sort of. Its somewhat naive of looking at it I suppose but whether its set builders, artists etc. to see people who contribute their skills and talent get marginalised by the economics of all this is just not right when there is so much involved. I hope all those folks at R&H have found employment already.




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