Creating Lightning: How RISE Visual Effects Brought Flash to Zeus's Bolt
Presenter: Florian Gellinger
VFX Supervisor, RISE Visual Effects
Who should attend: VFX artists, Compositors, 3D Animators, VFX Producers, VFX Supervisors, Production Managers, VFX Pipeline Developers
This hands-on Webinar, brought to you by StudioDaily, GenArts and The Foundry, will present and dissect a shot from the recent movie <em>Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief</em>, directed by Chris Columbus. The demonstration, led by VFX Supervisor Florian Gellinger, of RISE Visual Effects, will explain the design process and the making of the lightning bolt. The shot in question is made up of multiple layered effects. Gellinger will break down the process for the audience to show what it took to make it come together in the final comp.
RISE was asked to create some last-minute 3D environments and to animate the lightning bolt for a number of shots. The original reference design of the bolt came from Digital Domain and was then created at RISE using NUKE and the Sapphire plug-ins. In creating the shot and its various layers, RISE had to:
- show Zeus catching the CG lightning bolt
- integrate the bolt in his hand
- add chromatic aberration
- add a plasma core
- make its edges wobble
- add a lightning "back bone"
- add a huge variety of smaller and bigger, high-energy arcs on its surface
- add heat distortion
- add photographic glow and light interaction on Zeus
About Florian Gellinger: After working for several years as a compositor, Gellinger kick-started his career at age 26 by supervising the Visual Effects work on Oliver Twist, directed by Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski. With a background in both 3D and compositing, Gellinger was an early supporter of Nuke. In 2007 he founded RISE Visual Effects with three friends in Berlin, Germany. Since then RISE has grown to become the biggest Visual Effects facility in Germany's capital, with space for up to 60 artists and a second office in Cologne. Gellinger's latest credits as VFX Supervisor include Chris Columbus's Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin and the critically acclaimed This is Love, from director Matthias Glasner.