Wired has put out a new video in which they discuss how five different performers were used to create the gigantic, metallic-covered X-Men character, Colossus, in 20th Century Fox's Deadpool.
"To capture the motion of the character there was a motion-capture in-studio session done, but there was also a separate 6-foot-9-inch performer filmed on location in a classic grey tracking suit. Although, he still wasn't tall enough, and had to wear either platform shoes or extra head piece for height. But Colossus's face was modeled on a third performer with a much more chiseled jawline. A fourth performer actually redid all of the dialogue lines. But even then, the actual facial animation of those lines were delivered by somebody else, Digital Domain's Greg Laselle, who was filmed using their proprietary Mova rig. The rig works using ultraviolet light to pick up special spattered paint, which produce incredibly accurate facial models. Though of course those are incredibly accurate facial models of Greg who doesn't look anything like Colossus, so Digital Domain has to re-target this performance to the metallic model. For this, Digital Domain uses their new Direct Drive system. Which the name implies, allows Greg's performance to drive the CG face, while still maintaining high-frequency, subtle movements."
Check out their detailed visual effects breakdown of Colossus in the video below.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Deadpool is now playing at your local theater.