BREAKING DAWN SPECIAL EFFECTS (Press Notes) – On The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2 , Academy Award® winning visual effects guru John Bruno shared duties with his long-time colleague, visual effects supervisor Terry Windell, to conquer the massive amount of visual effects work required to create the one-of-a- kind Renesmee, and a vampire/wolf mêlée several times more complex than the one created for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. In addition, the special abilities of multiple vampires, along with those of newborn Bella, had to be addressed. The visual effects team worked closely with series veteran E.J. Foerster, second unit director, on the most painstaking of the stunts and effects filming; and during the film’s lengthy post-production, employed an army of visual effects artists.
“Because of the increasing fantasy elements, this project has so many more visual effects than any other movie that I have ever done before,” admits director Bill Condon. “In this movie, 80 percent of the shots got altered in some way. It’s been an incredible education for me, you shoot a movie, you put it together, and then you start to work on it again in post.”
“When I watched Bill’s films, specifically the odd movie that he did called Gods and Monsters, I thought this guy is really great with actors and with dialogue. He’s a really good director and very good writer, but when it comes to visual effects, I’m trying to do everything possible to simplify the whole process for him. I like to go with realism as much as I can and he was all for that. Bill’s also a perfectionist, which was great for me… somebody who can push me. I’ve worked with Jim Cameron… I know about perfectionism,” laughs Bruno.
Terry Windell was heavily involved during many phases of production on both films, including working as second unit visual effects supervisor for all of principal photography. After deliveringThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, John Bruno transitioned out of the project when he had the opportunity to direct the 3D IMAX documentary Deepsea Challenge, working with his frequent collaborator James Cameron. As a result, Bruno’s old friend Windell took over the supervisor-ship of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 during post-production.........
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