Fin Design + Effects meets with the Grand Master; brings visual storytelling to Thor: Ragnarok film

e650665e-ec11-4dc2-8f70-03de24d3fff4 (1).jpgWith its strong tradition of using visual effects to illuminate a story, Fin Design + Effects was selected to complete a key sequence in the latest Marvel Universe blockbuster, Thor: Ragnarok.

Working with director Taika Waititi, production visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison and production visual effects producer Cyndi Ochs, Fin's sequence introduces a brand new character in the form of Jeff Goldblum's Grand Master, and also kicked off an exclusive 12 minute preview screening of the movie at the San Diego Comic-Con, enjoying a very enthusiastic reception from the assembled Marvel fans.

When Thor is taken prisoner on the planet Sakaar he is forcibly hauled through an Epcot-style induction tour explaining his new destiny as a gladiator. Production supplied only foreground footage of lead actor Chris Hemsworth's performance against bluescreen, tasking Fin with designing and rendering the intergalactic theme park world around him.
ab470714-8d81-4081-9930-b417114002ea.jpgLed by VFX supervisor Stuart White, Fin's crew designed a journey traveling from photoreal sci-fi tunnels through a holographic light show, to a trippy ghost train49d2334b-d08f-4a1f-bf6c-46eb672159a6.jpg ride finale, exercising the breadth of Fin's VFX pipeline in the process.

Battling gladiators ripple with Houdini-generated digital distortion while simulated CG crowds look on from thece4e0a82-abdd-4b05-aef0-95bda1f66cd7.jpg bleachers of an arena. In another scene, Thor, strapped into a CG chair, flies past planets and galaxies made into holograms via heavy image treatment in Autodesk Flame courtesy of lead compositor Justin Bromley, backed up by a team of Nuke artists.7ee3d114-08cd-4a05-b97f-0bcaeb393179.jpg

Says Alastair Stephen, executive producer, Fin: "It's great to be asked to bring Fin's 16 year heritage of visual storytelling to bear on such a creatively open brief as this one.

"We were honoured to be selected as a vendor on this show and seeing our images contribute during such a pivotal story beat is always a great thrill for the talented artists here at Fin who all worked so hard on the film."

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