Captain America is back for his third solo outing and the first movie in 'Phase 3' of Marvel's Cinematic Universe. Directors Anthony and joe Russo are also back after directing the hugely successful 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', and Cap (Chris Evans) is joined by a host of returning characters, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany), The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), as well as new characters to the MCU, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
‘Captain America: Civil War’ has been getting rave reviews ahead of its cinematic release, and Prime Focus World (PFW) is proud to have delivered stereo conversion services for the movie.
Following criticism of the superheroes because of the collateral damage caused by their previous outings, the countries of the world unite to introduce the Sokovia Accords – a resolution to bring the activities of the Avengers under the control of the United Nations. Not all of the Avengers are ready to fall in line though, leading to a division that escalates into the ‘civil war’ of the title.
“Marvel sets a very high standard in terms of 3D,” said Richard Baker, Senior Stereo Supervisor, Prime Focus World. “Since Evan Jacobs (Marvel’s Stereo Supervisor) took over the 3D side of things the standard has been consistently high and a distinctive style has been established. We were delighted to be called in again for our fifth collaboration with the Marvel team.”
Following early deliveries for the 3D version of the trailer, PFW started work on the stereo conversion of 53 minutes of the movie, working closely with Prime Focus group company Double Negative and the other VFX vendors to harvest elements and layers for the stereo conversion.
“We used geometry for each of the main characters’ heads from cyber-scans of the actors, or if these are not available, creating our own geo from supplied references,” commented Richard. “For characters like Black Panther, who has a CG suit, we are able to take z-depths from the VFX house to ensure accuracy and consistency in the stereo.”
VFX elements are also an important part of the process in converting effects such as holograms and Scarlet Witch’s magic, for which Prime Focus used up to 12 layers of elements for each shot. For the transition out of the scene in which we see a young Tony Stark in a holographic display, PFW worked with VFX vendor Animal Logic, creating stereo cameras for the VFX house to allow them to stereo render the hologram layers for the converted scene – a technique that PFW developed during its stereo conversion work on ‘Gravity’.
“On VFX-heavy shows such as this, having access to assets and elements is really important,” continued Richard. “For the sequence in which Vision comes under attack from Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye, you can see inside Vision’s body as he phases in and out. We used deep comps from Double Negative to create a nice stereo look for this effect, separating out the internal layers and a distortion layer in depth to get a great stereo result. We were able to look dev this effectively because our colleagues at Dneg in London are sat literally across the corridor from us.”
‘Captain America: Civil War’ hits theaters April 29, 2016 in the UK, and on May 6 in the US.
RELEASE: April 29, 2016 (UK), May 6, 2016 (US)
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo
Studios / Distributors: Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Senior Stereo Supervisor: Richard W. Baker
Senior Producer: Valeria Andino
Stereo Supervision: Barry O'Brien, Marc Brzezicki
Production Manager: Richard Edwards
Production Coordinators: Chris Preston-Barnes, Dan Hogg, Carolina Karlson, Nicole Karlson
Editorial: Lewis 'Sonny' Menga, Janak Griffin-Rai, Richard Pring, Vikram Dharankar
Stereo Compositors: Alan Tormey, Vishal Patel, Maria Asim Ali, Kat Kelly, Naresh Rawat
Data Operations: Dhruv Uppal, Ersiq Hidil, Gregory Koutrakos, Vince Stewart, Danny Lu
Show TDs: Laszlo Rikker, Luke Gray, Piyush Jain
Pipeline: Eoin Greenham, Charlie Luce, Robin Emerson, Isaac Guenard
Head of View-D: Rohan Desai
Executive Producer - View-D: Gaurav Jain
Stereographer - View-D: Jimmy Philip
View-D Producer: Romi Kiran
View-D Production Managers: Parminder Goyel, Rameez Mukkaddam
View-D Pipeline TDs: Piyush Jain, Swapnil Vinayak Kulkarni
View-D Creative Supervisors: Manu Jain, Rohan Tirkey, Varion Pareira, Vinay Das, Deepali Ketkar, Omkar Rahate, Himanshu Ajmera, Gourav Gupta, Dixa Desai, Rakhi Ghosh