By IAN FAILES
Visual effects artists are regularly tasked with taking disparate pieces of live-action footage and transforming them into dynamic final shots. That’s exactly what Scanline VFX was called upon to do for a daring sequence in Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider, the latest film adaptation of the Lara Croft-starring video game.
In the sequence, Croft (Alicia Vikander) is being swept along a river towards a waterfall but manages to grab onto the wing of the last remnants of a rusting plane on the waterfall’s edge. Almost to safety on the plane, she ultimately falls through its aging hull towards the jungle below, but not before grabbing a parachute and crashing through a canopy of trees.
It was a scene that required several pieces of on-location and set-piece photography to be combined with Scanline-built digital environments, water simulations and other CG elements. Here’s how the visual effects studio crafted the shots.