The visual effects house that brought the painting to life in Wonder Woman has released a “making of” video to show how the stunning visual effects scene was accomplished. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in the title role, Wonder Woman has been celebrated for many reasons, chief among them as the top-grossing film at the domestic box office this summer and grossed more than $800 million worldwide.
Delving into the origins of the famed DC superhero character following her memorable debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, the first-ever Wonder Woman solo movie went far back in time to chronicle the origins story of Diana, princess of the Amazons, including some pivotal scenes early in the film that depicted the future warrior as a child. One scene included a valuable history lesson taught to Diana by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, which came to life through a painting that depicted, among other things, the havoc wreaked by Zeus’ son, Ares; the rise of the Amazons; the retreat of Ares and the creation of Themyscira by Zeus.
Now, in a new video posted by visual effects house Platige Image, fans are being treated to a behind-the-scenes look at how the painting came to life for the movie. In the 1 minute 35 second video, the painting evolves from various means, including computer models and real-life paintings. Making the scene memorable is how the figures in the painting are literally moving to help tell the story, which provides a pivotal frame of reference when Ares manifests himself once again later in the film.
The timing of the release of the visual effects work behind the painting couldn’t come at a better time, since October generally signals the beginning of the movie awards season for critics’ groups and the industry guilds. It all culminates with Oscar nominations, and Warner Bros. has made it pretty clear for months that it will be pushing for awards recognition for Wonder Woman, including Best Picture, Best Director for Jenkins and Best Actress for Gadot.
However, according to a For You Consideration awards season campaign page posted by the studio last week, Warner Bros. is also pushing the film for recognition in several technical categories, including Best Visual Effects. Platige Image’s work, without question, is one of the reasons Wonder Woman’s visual effects were so memorable, and the release of this video will go a long way in helping the studio reach its awards aspirations.
Source: Platige Image
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