Digital Domain Helps “The Watch” Defend Earth Against Alien Invasion
Digital Domain Productions, a subsidiary of Digital Domain Media Group (NYSE:DDMG), recently completed visual effects for “The Watch,” 20 th Century Fox’s comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. Directed by Akiva Schaffer, the movie tells the story of four suburban guys who accidentally discover that their town has become overrun by aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites and save it (and the world) from extermination.
The movie includes an unusually large number of visual effects shots for a comedy, and Digital Domain’s work focused on those elements that were key to supporting the story; particularly, the creation of hundreds of computer-generated aliens. The look of the aliens was designed by Legacy Effects, which created a number of practical alien suits worn by actors. Digital Domain brought its expertise to the aliens’ movement – achieving digitally what was impossible practically by giving them dynamics and physicality that were animal-like and could not be mistaken as human.
Digital Domain’s work supports The Watch crew by giving them serious science fiction to contend with (and play off) as they discover, battle with, run from and finally destroy, in spectacular digital pyrotechnic fashion, the invading alien force. Digital Domain visual effects supervisor Kelly Port oversaw teams in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Venice, California, and the work of visual effects partner Reliance MediaWorks done in India, to deliver 239 shots in 10 months. Performance capture for the aliens was done in Digital Domain’s virtual production studio in Los Angeles.
About Digital Domain Productions, Inc.Digital production company Digital Domain, founded in 1993, is a subsidiary of Digital Domain Media Group (NYSE:DDMG). The company has created visuals for more than 90 movies including Titanic, The Transformers series, X-Men: First Class, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and hundreds of commercials. Its artists have earned multiple Academy Awards ®. Digital Domain recently completed visual effects for Rock of Ages and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and is in production on visual effects for Jack the Giant Killer, 47 Ronin and other features , and a full slate of commercials. The company is a co-production partner on the upcoming live-action feature, Ender’s Game, and recently created a virtual likeness of Tupac Shakur for Dr. Dre’s show at Coachella. www.digitaldomain.com About Digital Domain Media Group Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG: NYSE) leverages its expertise in digital visual effects (VFX) and computer-generated (CG) animation across a group of interrelated businesses. At its foundation is Digital Domain Productions (DDPI), an award-winning digital production company founded in 1993. This leading provider of visuals has contributed to more than 90 major motion pictures, including Titanic, the Transformers series, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and TRON: Legacy, hundreds of commercials, and recently created the virtual likeness of rapper Tupac Shakur for Dr. Dre’s show at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. Mothership, a DDPI subsidiary, focuses on creating advertising, entertainment and branded content from concept to completion, across multiple media platforms. DDMG, its work and its employees have been recognized with numerous awards, including seven from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The company is building on its success in VFX to participate as a co-producer in major productions and is currently co-producing the upcoming live-action sci-fi feature film Ender’s Game, as well as virtual likenesses for Elvis Presley that will be jointly owned by CORE Media Group and DDMG. DDMG also converts two-dimensional (2D) imagery to three-dimensional (3D) imagery and holds key patents in this area. The company is also applying its CG expertise to produce original, family-friendly animated feature films at its subsidiary Tradition Studios. The first movie, The Legend of Tembo, is in pre-production and two more features are in development. The company’s education subsidiary, the Digital Domain Institute, sets a new standard in digital media education through a pioneering public-private partnership with The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. DDMG is expanding its worldwide footprint of the highest quality visual effects and animation at the lowest possible cost through global partnerships in India and China. The company has studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Florida and Vancouver and is currently establishing studios in Beijing and Abu Dhabi. http://www.ddmg.co
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