The Ninja Turtles are back and this time director Dave Green (Earth To Echo) is at the helm. The follow-up to 2014’s original TMNT reboot is even bigger, even more colourful and even more entertaining, and Prime Focus World was delighted to be brought in by Paramount Pictures as the exclusive stereo conversion partner on the movie.

This time around, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are called upon to save the world when their arch-enemy Shredder is broken out of prison. Shredder teams up with mad scientist Dr Baxter Stockman to open a portal to another dimension, and our heroes in a half-shell must work together to stop their evil plans and prevent an alien invasion of the Earth.

Prime Focus World stereographer James Rees worked closely with Paramount VP of 3D Post Production Corey Turner on the stereo conversion of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, creatively leading the PFW stereo teams in Vancouver and India.

“Corey is always fun to work with, and he really encouraged us to push the 3D in fun ways for this film,” said James Rees, Stereo Supervisor, Prime Focus World. “We played the show very deep but not very positive – ie. not pushed too far back beyond the screen plane. This meant that we could really have fun with things flying out of the screen – its like being on a ride!”

Under Corey’s direction characters jump out of the screen, explosions and flying debris are brought super-negative and knives and throwing stars come whistling out over the audiences’ heads. He also briefed the team to ensure that the depth and volume in the CG characters matched the depth of the characters in the previous Ninja Turtles film.

“Corey referenced the first movie (which we also worked on) in terms of the treatment of the characters,” continued James. “We were really able to amp up the depth in the characters on the first film because we had the z-depths from VFX house ILM, so the turtles had crazy amounts of volume which looked great on screen. We did that again for this one, pushing it even further, and then worked hard on the sculpting of the human characters to ensure it all worked together. Lots of volume, high detail – we really let the audience know that they are watching a 3D movie!”

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. PFW handled the extraction of the elements, including the deep comp elements that ILM had created. The Prime Focus team also augmented a number of key scenes with additional VFX elements to increase the audiences’ sense of immersion.

“One of the stand-out scenes for me was Raf and Leo’s disagreement in their sewer lair,” offered James. “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. We 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, which looks fantastic. We augmented a number of scenes throughout the movie, including the truck chase near the start for which we added debris and sparks and smoke, and the scene where they are floating down the Amazon, for which we added extra splashes and water droplets.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows opens in the US on 3 June 2016.




RELEASE: May 30, 2016 (UK), June 3, 2016 (US)

Director: Dave Green
Studios / Distributors: Paramount Pictures

PFW credits:

Stereoscopic Supervisors: James Rees,  Jimmy Philip & Ritesh Aggrawal
Senior Stereoscopic Producer: Chad Cortvriendt
Global Resource Manager: Monika Hada
Production Managers: Cassius Vaz & Annsh Patel

Supervisors & Leads: Sameer D Samant, Ankit Jobanputra, Athmi Rai, Gourav Gupta, Abhishek Warang, Manu Jain, Puneet Samra, Rahul Wagh, Salil Devji, Varion Pereira, Parth J Phaterpekar, Prabir Bera, Rajendra Ahire, Rishiraj Dilip Pawar, Rohan Gopal Anchan, Perla Venkateswarlu, Subham Ghosh, Kalpita Tendulkar, Tushar Rajput, Rohit Brijendra Sharma
Production: Rebecca Fair-Lien, Kallan Treadwell, Ravi Shetty, Akshay Ravi, Rameez Mukaddam, Shohil Vohra, Reshma Jhangimal, Baljeet Singh Lotty, Nishita Shetty, Wilfred Sequeira, Arushi Dhawan, Parminder Goyal, Pranjal Saxena, Ravi Kumar Singh, Nitin Kumar Bahl, Santosh Shukla, Savio Nelson Cruz, Heena Mohsin Vakil, Ramesh Singh, Franklin Mascarenhas
Editorial: Richard Pring, Lewis "Sonny" Menga, Baljot Bhatti, Bec Cranswick, Priyal Mahadik
Pipeline: Isaac Guenard, Charlie Luce, Piyush Jain