'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Reveals Early Valkyrie's Flashback Development Test
Thor: Ragnarok in so many ways stands out not only from the relatively cinematically meh Thor films but from the entire Marvel cinematic universe. One of the many reasons why that is, is the fantastic cinematic innovation of the production company, The Satellite Lab.
The Satellite Lab, namely Stuart Rutherford created a Matrix bullet time-like lighting set up that would not only "slow" down a scene but give it a stunning painterly look. DynamicLight, as it's called, syncs the lighting with the frames of the cameras used to give it the perfect flashback look.
In an interview with Syfy Wire, Thor: Ragnarok's visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison describes it as allowing people "to freeze a moment in time and then move the camera around at impossible speeds, depicting it all realistically, this is literally like a 180-degree version of that."
While you've seen the finished product in theaters and now on DVD/Streaming, Thor: Ragnarok's director just shared a behind the scene's look at one of the first test videos of the system:
My dear friends @carlovanderoer & @stuetr from @TheSatelliteLab created the look for Valkyrie's flashback in Thor: Ragnarok. It's the first time in cinema that this technique has been used. Here's an early development test from a few years ago. #NZbrainsRule pic.twitter.com/7PvLi7vgrQ— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) January 26, 2018
Note, Stuart Rutherford and Taika Waititi have shared a set before, they both appeared in the vampire comedy, What We Do in the Shadows.