Check out this Interview with Swedish VFX supervisor Jesper Kjolsrud from Image Engine and their work on Lone Survivor on the great blog Art of VFX.
Big congratulations to my old friend and classmate from Skellefteå, today VFX Supervisor @ Image engine in Vancouver, Jesper Kjölsrud. He has been production Visual effects supervisor on The Thing and oversaw the output on 550 shots.
Also read the Art of vfx article about the Thing.
Director Sylvain White’s comic adaptation of The Losers tells the story of a vigilante CIA black ops team hell-bent on uncovering a double-crossing plot against them. Under the overall vfx sup. of Richard Yuricich, Image Engine completed 147 shots for the film featuring no less than planes, buses, bullets & explosions. We talk to Image Engine visual effects supervisor Simon Hughes & visual effects producer Steve Garrad.
fxg: What were the main Image Engine contributions to The Losers?
Steve Garrad: There were basically three big scenes. The opening sequence featured the bus explosion and also involved a CG plane and a background matte painting by Deak Ferrand at Hatch. Then we did a big explosion made up with elements, with the ‘Losers’ running away with the kids they’ve saved. Then there’s the Miami heist. They’re flying in their helicopter and steal ‘the package’, which turns out to be an armored vehicle. Some of that was a CG helicopter, but it’s mostly practical. The magnet is all-CG and the armored car is as well. The finale is the jet runway sequence where the bad guy is killed as he flies into the engine. You’ve got to have your bad guy dying badly. It’s a CG plane, explosions and a CG digi-double. Good boy’s fun, basically!
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Imagine engine in Vancouver did a great job on Neill Blomkamps “District 9“, one of the them was Jesper Kjölsrud from Gävle. His role on “District 9” was Supporting Visual Effects Sequence Supervisor. Great work Jesper!
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