VFX Fridays: SpeedTree in Jurassic World

Industrial Light and Magic is nominated for a 2016 Oscar for their work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but that wasn’t the only major blockbuster they worked on in 2015. Jurassic World roared into theatres this past summer breaking box office records and almost taking the prize for biggest movie of the year, if not for that other film involving a war in outer space. In the latest ‘Behind the Magic’ VFX breakdown Industrial Light and Magic used our award winning SpeedTree Cinema to bring the titular park to life.  Starting at 16 seconds in, the camera pans out of a hotel room to offer a sweeping view of the park featuring lush jungles created using SpeedTrees.  SpeedTree Cinema was created exactly for shots like this, giving artists the ability to quickly fill entire worlds and to blend easily with the real trees shot on location as well as the ability to fine tune individual trees to stand on their own. It’s one of the many reasons it’s become the standard for VFX vegetation in everything from movies to tv and even Taylor Swift’s latest music video. ILM first made use of SpeedTree in Avatar and has used SpeedTree in many of the films they’ve worked on since, including a shot featuring animated growth developed explicitly for Noah.

For more prehistoric VFX, check out our friends at Image Engine’s breakdown of their work on the film. If the future is more your speed, ILM also released a ‘Behind the Magic’ video showcasing their work on Tomorrowland (which also featured SpeedTree).

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