Sometimes seeing how special effects are created can take away the magic of what you see on screen, while other times you will be amazed at quite how much perfection has gone into it. Joss Whedon’s The Avengers Assemble is the perfect example: a flawless collection of stunning action scenes and absolutely perfect special effects make the whole thing look far too easy.
However, the people behind the VFX, ILM (Industrial Light and Magic), have released a brilliant three minute featurette showing exactly how they created the final battle scene, and it really is quite amazing to watch. The scene in question is where we see all the alien invaders doing battle with each and every one off the Avengers, and the camera follows each character around the streets of Manhattan with ease.
It is one of those stunning scenes that when you watch you are simply swept away with the momentum, and rarely get the chance to really sit back and think about just how the hell it was ever put together so well. Thankfully those geniuses at ILM, the people responsible for creating such brilliance, have released a featurette which goes into much detail about their stunning camera trickery.
It really is breathtaking to behold, so please, check out the amazing video next and enjoy!
Here is how ILM described what we see:
While “The Avengers” posed many visual efffects challenges, one of the larger challenges was pulling together the “tie-in” shot during the third act of the film. Rather than frames, this single shot is measured in minutes on screen and is one of the longest effects shots in the film. It incorporates both practical special effects and extensive digital visual effects by ILM. The New York City environment that serves as the setting for this shot (and virtaully the entire alien invasion) is computer generated by the visual effects team at ILM.