Access to ILM’s comps and elements packages was an important part of the stereo conversion process – especially with 7 CG characters appearing across 65-70% of the movie. The stereo team handled the extraction of the elements, including the deep comp elements that ILM had created. The stereo team also augmented a number of key scenes with additional VFX elements to increase the audience’s sense of immersion.
One of the stand-out scenes was Raf and Leo’s disagreement in their sewer lair. It was a practical set and we were able to create a ton of detail in the environment which looks really cool in stereo, stretching away well beyond the screen. The team also augmented the whole scene with suspended dust particles – almost like a mist – that fills the space. As they swing their weapons the dust moves with the characters movement looking fantastic. The team augmented a number of scenes throughout the movie, including the truck chase near the start for which they added debris and sparks and smoke, and the scene where they are floating down the Amazon, for which the team added extra splashes and water droplets.