visual effects break through for the much anticipated horror film 'Final Destination 5'
Posted on Jan 24, 2012 at 07:14pm IST
The Final destination 5 film opened in North American theaters on August 12th, 2011. It ranked #3 at the weekend box office with $18.4 million behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($27.5 million), which holds the top spot for two weeks, and The Help ($25.5 million). It was also the third biggest Final Destination opening to date behind 2009's The Final Destination ($27.4 million) and 2006's Final Destination 3 ($19.1 million). Final Destination 5 grossed $42,587,643 domestically, and a strong $115.3 million overseas, bringing its total to $157,887,643 worldwide, making it the second highest grossing in the franchise.
This movie has the thrilling opening sequences that set the wheels of the story into motion: the shots of the collapsing suspension bridge and the resulting chaos, including the franchise s famous dark comedy scenes depicting the deaths of various characters as they plunge into the water below.
For reference, VFX Supervisor ensured that the team studied many different videos that featured real-life bridge collapses, including the Tacoma Narrow bridge collapse of 1940.
CG Supervisor Todd Sheridan Perry and his team designed the bridge collapse in addition to all of the elements that are featured on the bridge during its destruction. Not an easy task; they modeled 40+ unique vehicles and over 85 digital doubles that were running around and panicking as the bridge twisted and swayed.
They also crafted a full CG replacement of the films hero for a shot that follows the camera right into his eye. In addition, the team contributed environmental matte paintings and animation of the digital doubles that populate the bridge.