San Francisco-based vfx house Evil Eye Pictures has contributed nearly 200 visual effects shots for the Marvel’s The Avengers directed by Joss Whedon, which opens this Friday. Weta Digital, Digital Domain, Fuel VFX, Hydraulx, ILM, Lola VFX, Cantina Creative, Luma Pictures, Mova, The Third Floor and Trixter Films were among the other vfx houses that worked on the movie.
Collaborating with Oscar-winning vfx supe Janek Sirrs, Evil Eye Pictures was tasked with creating intricate environments throughout the film, including numerous set extensions, matte paintings, digital doubles and countless CG elements. For several scenes that take place aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Evil Eye created the massive ‘atrium’ environment outside the Wishbone Lab, as well as swirling energy effects for Loki’s scepter. These key components provide a grand and poetic backdrop as The Avengers are first assembled. In each, visual integrity and seamless integration were paramount, requiring intensive detail that supports the narrative.
“Key to the film’s experience is taking the viewer to realms that are simultaneously fantastic and believable,” notes Janek Sirrs “That’s where Evil Eye’s talent was instrumental. They are exceptional partners, delivering seamless, beautiful, and exacting shots.”
Evil Eye Pictures previously contribute to the vfx of Iron Man 2 (with Janek Sirrs as Visual Effects Supervisor), Captain America and Thor. Forging a trusted relationship on three blockbuster Marvel properties provided the foundation for the company’s work on The Avengers.
Visual Effects Supervisors Dan Rosen and Matt McDonald led Evil Eye Pictures’ team for The Avengers, and provided the company’s signature partner-driven creative process and technical oversight. Working hand-in-hand with Sirrs and the Marvel visual effects team, Evil Eye produced what Dan Rosen calls, “heavy environments that ultimately melt into the fabric of the film.” Similarly, Evil Eye worked diligently to be a natural extension of the film’s post team.
The studio is currently working on the spectacular Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away written and directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia) and exec produced by Cameron, which will be released later this year by Paramount. For more on the company, visit www.evileyepictures.com.