Visual effects played a huge role in Doctor Strange and is the area the film garnered the most praise. In speaking with the VFX supervisor Stephane Ceretti, we learn the fire head was never going to come to fruition at all.
“We didn’t want to do that because it had been done before,” Ceretti said of the fiery head trope. “The whole idea is he’s a character that lives in-between dimensions. He can also take whatever shapes he wants to take. But in order to talk to Strange at the end of the film, he’s taking that shape [and] you can feel all these ripples in his face and all that stuff… these kind of opening windows to other dimensions, and all the reflective qualities of it. We really wanted to add the evocation of that fire, but we didn’t want to do fire so we went for [a] multicolored approach to try and keep the psychedelic [look] of the entire space. [That] was pretty difficult because when you start putting too many colors together it becomes very, very muddy and kind of painterly very fast. We had to find the right balance of colors within the lighting of Benedict when he was on our stage and trying to find the best way to kind of make it all work together, which is actually not very easy.”
While Ceretti views the flaming head as too cliche, I do hope should Dormammu return to earth that we get to see his classic look. Granted, I did like the character’s look in the film as well as the defeat of the villain in the third act.
What do you guys think? Do you agree with Ceretti or do you want Dormammu with his flaming head and all? Let us know in the comments down below!