The latest film to put effects to the test is Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. The movie’s got the usual flashy appearances from Iron Man and the gang, but the centerpiece is an all-out brawl at an airport where two opposing factions of the Avengers face off — in a shot the visual effects team called “the splash panel” — before all hell breaks loose. Spider-Man, Black Panther, and a 50-foot tall Ant-Man all get in on the action, and while it all seems to be seamlessly integrated with footage shot on a physical location, what audiences actually see was created almost entirely at Industrial Light & Magic.
To achieve that stylistic goal with the airport environment required dispatching a team to the airport location in Leipzig for a week of recon. “We shot thousands and thousands of pictures. We would go out there with LiDAR scanners, which basically provide an exact representation of the geometry. And then we take that, and we rebuild everything.” The same went for every car, plane, and vehicle on location, resulting in a digital duplicate that the filmmakers could tweak, augment, or use as they see fit. “We had six hundred-plus assets, and you could be anywhere on that airport,” Earl says. “From when you’re with Ant-Man on that stair car at a half-inch scale, anywhere to when he’s 50-feet tall, the digital environment would hold up.”
Source / Read More Bryan Bishop: The Verge May 12 2016