Despite occurring in a Captain America “solo” film, this year’s Civil War may have featured the highest quantity of name-brand super-people ever to duke it out on the big screen. With so much super-hoopla, it can be easy for an audience to forget how much work goes into every shot in a film this big. While many of the more extravagant shots are obvious (and necessary) digital fabrications, it’s easy to forget how many little ways CG punctuates a shot which may look shot on location with two guys in super-suits.
Some of these, like Black Panther, were coming to the big screen for the first time. Others, like Spider-Man, were returning in a reinvented form. But partially because both characters saw costume refinements after the process of filming, an incredible amount of CG work was done to fine tune the products for the big screen.
Courtesy of Cinesite Studios comes a demo reel (see above) showing off their work in bringing the world of Civil War to life. Much of the footage is dedicated to refining the look of Black Panther’s suit, from the costume used on set to his final heroic look. But there is also a number of establishing shots in which environments are amped up, or bolstered with environmental effects to set the mood. Also, (shockingly), a surprising amount of work on Spidey’s web shooters for the film’s post-credits button.
Especially for films as massive as Marvel Studios’, post-production work often occurs in a hectic and fast-paced environment. The literally thousands of digital wizards at play often work insane schedules with little-to-no recognition to make these exciting scenes come to life. So a great deal of appreciation goes out to the men and women who work late nights making sure that the fringe on Black Panther’s garb looks fittingly regal. These little details may blend into the seams, but the tapestry makes for a great popcorn-chomping experience.
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Captain America: Civil War is currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.