Logan is now available to own on Blu-Ray and DVD and with that comes a lot of extra footage, behind-the-scenes videos, deleted scenes and so on.
Below, you can watch a five-minute video released by Australian VFX company, Rising Sun Pictures. The video breaks down all the VFX effects in Logan and how several scenes were created and visualized.
VFX supervisor, Dennis Jones, said that there was a lot to do regarding the claws and making them look like they actually function.
“Still, there was a lot to work out about the mechanical functioning of the claws and how they related to the actors and individual body parts, and we were given considerable license to solve the action in creative ways. It went beyond tight match-moving and claw integration. For some of the really specific penetration moments, we had to remove, stabilize and reposition Logan’s arms, fists and claws to suit the composition and timing of the shot.”
RSP struggled the most with the psionic blasts sequence at the casino and they weren’t immediately satisfied with it.
“The blast was the most challenging effect creatively. The sequence was shot natively with camera shake and so there were no clean takes. Initially, we explored effects and treatments designed to add tunnel vision vignetting, as well as applying blur and over exposure, but weren’t satisfied with the results.”
However, they weren’t deterred and so they tried something else, says co-VFX supervisor Anthony Smith.
“We found that shots with high contrast content and aggressive high frequency shake produced ideal results without too much modification. We developed techniques to augment the blur artifacts with custom-animated kernels applied through the FFT (fast Fourier Transform) method. That produced sharp and controllable results.”
Logan is directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier (Professor X), Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce, Stephen Merchant as Caliban, Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice, Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney (X-23).