Thursday, February 21, 2013

Featurette: Building a Digital New York for Avengers

When you're sitting through Avengers, there isn't a doubt in your mind that the action is taking place in New York city, but you might be surprised to discover that only a tiny fraction of the film was shot in the city.  The overwhleming majority of the climactic battle scene was shot in front of a green screen using a cityscape created from thousands of pictures of New York.
"Although roughly a third of “The Avengers” is set in New York City precious little was actually filmed there. ILM crew members photographed 7-miles of city streets from a variety of heights and at different times of day totaling 250,000 images. The crew then digitally recreated roughly 20 square blocks of mid-town Manhattan using a variety of techniques. Live action shoots were held primarily on sound stages in New Mexico and in the streets of Cleveland."

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