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Gareth Edwards’ “The Creator”

The Creator, the latest sci-fi thriller from director Gareth Edwards, is a stunning showcase of visual effects (VFX) that defy the conventions of the industry.

Budget of 80 Million Dollars

The film, which depicts a future war between humans and artificial intelligence, was made on a modest budget of $80 million, but looks like a $200 million blockbuster, thanks to the innovative approach of Edwards and his VFX partner, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM).

Unlike most VFX-heavy films, The Creator was shot entirely on location in 80 different places throughout Southeast Asia, with natural lighting and no green or blue screen.

Futuristic structures, Vehicles, and Robots

Edwards collaborated closely with ILM’s visual effects supervisors Jay Cooper and Andrew Roberts, who had to reverse-engineer the VFX based on the plates that Edwards brought back. They used a streamlined process that involved initial paint overs, 3D modeling, and iterative reviews, to create the futuristic structures, vehicles, and robots that populate the film.

Paradigm Shift

The result is a film that blends seamlessly the practical and the digital, creating a unique and immersive visual experience. The film is also a game changer for the VFX industry, as it demonstrates how a low-budget indie can achieve a high-quality sci-fi look, with a new mindset and paradigm shift.

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