“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”: the visual effects supervisor takes us into the new “Hunger Games” prequel

“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”: the visual effects supervisor takes us into the new “Hunger Games” prequel



Francis Lawrence returns to the hit dystopian franchise with the new prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents, in which audiences meet a young version of Panem's tyrannical president, Coriolanus Snow (played by Tom Blyth). This prequel is about a young Academy student who is determined to be an agent of positive change, but is dragged down a path of oppression and subjugation due to a series of traumatic events.

Francis Lawrence's return to direct this prequel also brought in frequent collaborator Adrian de Wet as visual effects supervisor. Together, they worked with VFX producer Eve Fizzinoglia to create 1.400 VFX shots with Important Looking Pirates, Ghost VFX, Outpost VFX and RISE.

The film's images were inspired by the reconstruction of European cities after World War II. The goal was to create a dazzling dystopia and a symmetrically and ceremonially designed Capitol to represent an authoritarian regime.

The VFX team had to work through many challenges, including creating a post-bombing arena and incorporating the rainbow-colored venomous snakes. The simulation of the snakes was done with great care, as was the animation of Jabberjay and the construction of drones that carried water bottles around the arena.

The film was a major success worldwide and has grossed $243,9 million at the worldwide box office through December 3. This prequel confirmed Francis Lawrence's talent in bringing a stunning dystopian vision to life, and the VFX team's extraordinary work in creating a visually immersive world.



Source: https://www.animationmagazine.net

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