Watch: Behind-the-Scenes VFX Show Reel for 'Arrival' by Oblique FX

January 4, 2017
Source: Vimeo

Arrival VFX Reel

One of our favorite movies of 2016 is Arrival, the science fiction thriller from Denis Villeneuve. Aside from a brilliant script by Eric Heisserer, the film contains stunning visuals, in part thanks to cinematographer Bradford Young, but also thanks to some excellent VFX work. For anyone curious to see how they brought everything to life, including the giant spaceship and their activity inside of it, Oblique FX has released a demo reel highlighting their work. Another VFX company, called RodeoFX, has also launched a page with photos showing before-after shots. It's amazing to see how much of this was filmed with blue screen, yet it feels so real. Seriously impressive. Always so cool to see these kind of VFX breakdowns for big sci-fi movies.

Here's the new VFX breakdown show reel from Oblique FX for Denis Villeneuve's Arrival - from Vimeo:

To see more behind-the-scenes VFX work, visit the project page for Arrival on the RodeoFX website - click:

Arrival - RodeoFX

For more coverage of Arrival, read Alex's review from Telluride and/or Jeremy's review from Fantastic Fest.

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks - are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Arrival is directed by Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, of the films Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy and Sicario previously, currently working on the new Blade Runner sequel with Ryan Gosling. The script is written by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, The Thing, Hours, Lights Out); based on a short story by Ted Chiang. The film first premiered at the Venice, Telluride & Toronto Film Festivals. Paramount released Arrival on November 11th, 2016 - in theaters now.

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  • Bo
    Too much fake stuff for me. When she's walking on the road and there are no tanks...she pays no attention. They are added later and there she is, still paying no attention. No one behaves that way. They're noisy and loud machines passing a few yards away from you and no reaction? Not even a glance in their direction? It's bad, unbelievable acting, but how could she know? That's the trouble I have with all this 'fake' stuff added later. I seem to sense this and the shallow surface acting that comes with not dealing with everything that's in the frame/environment because it's not there when you are doing the shot. How people can miss this and accept this level of fakery is beyond me. I simply cannot suspend my disbelief enough to become submerged in the movie as it keeps yelling out to me...fake...make believe...not real...etc. My problem though, so I'll stick with realism films...like Elle...or Hell or High Water....Fences...Moonlight...Manchester By The Sea...you know...real people in real situations. It's still a movie though and it's still not real, but the achieving of the suspension of disbelief is a little more accessible than this VFX or whatever kind of stuff...for me, anyway.
    • MLTC
      I hadn't thought about that before, but you are totally right!
      • Bo
        Thank you. I appreciate your reply and honesty and hope I've not ruined your movie going pleasures with these types of movies...lol...Cheers!




Alex's Top 10 - 2016
1. La La Land
2. Paterson
3. Arrival
4. Captain Fantastic
5. 20th Cent. Women
6. Pete's Dragon
7. Jackie
8. Kubo & Two Strings
9. Everybody Wants
10. Wilderpeople
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Jeremy's Top 10 - 2016
1. Moonlight
2. The Handmaiden
3. High-Rise
4. Elle
5. Arrival
6. Kubo & Two Strings
7. 13th
8. Jackie
9. Toni Erdmann
10. The Witch
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