VFX Breakdown For Marvel's Ant-Man

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Visual effects and feature animation studio, Cinesite, has released a new video showcasing the digital work their team of artists created for the Ant-Man-Yellowjacket fight by the swimming pool.

"One of the most challenging shots involved the creation of a fully CG Yellow Jacket emerging from the water," the VFX studios official website states. "Cinesite began with assets supplied by the production, developing them to completion of final shots. The surface of the suit has a honey comb texture, which needed to be matched with shots by other vendors in the film. The bespoke shader was built in three stages. Masks were used to control the specular roughness along with an inverted facing ratio to get less reflection on the glancing angle on a random set of honey comb faces. When the three layers were combined a multi-faceted breakup effect was achieved.

"Rivulets of water flow from Yellow Jacket’s suit, dripping from the surface as he exits the pool. A custom microsolver was developed in Houdini SideFX, to ensure that water clung realistically to the suit surface. The water elements were rendered in Mantra before being passed to the compositors."

Check it out in the video below.

Marvel's Ant-Man - Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

The sequel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, will arrive in theaters July 6, 2018.