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Old 10 October 2012   #1
Kon-Tiki Film VFX - Some of the best vfx I have seen.

Stumbled upon this today and it really goes to show what a small team of dedicated and talented guys can do! No need for an army. I honestly believe this is some of the best vfx I have ever seen - I could be biased as I am a massive shark (Jaws) fan and this is something I've been waiting to see in vfx. Important Looking Pirates VFX deserve a big award and in turn I am just doing my little bit to get work that deserves being seen in the lime light.

http://ilpvfx.com/work/view/kon-tiki-making-of/
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Old 10 October 2012   #2
That is some seriously good work. Especially the photoreal lighting/shading/rendering.

Their page talks about a proprietary render engine called "Tempest" being used to render particles and blood.

I wonder if all of it is rendered with Tempest, or just particles and volumetrics?

In any case, that's some of the best work VFX I've seen in a long time. These folks did a really good job on it.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #3
It is really good work, but nowhere near the best vfx I have ever seen. D-neg, DD, ILM, weta all routinely make better stuff than that, IMHO.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #4
Looking great, I'm specially proud because the friend of mine did amazing water simulations
It wouldn't be fair to compare ILP with ILM, Weta ... because in all honesty their number of employees is much much smaller, maybe like a one department of those giants, therefore they did better job imho.
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Old 10 October 2012   #5
Originally Posted by LuckyBug: Looking great, I'm specially proud because the friend of mine did amazing water simulations
It wouldn't be fair to compare ILP with ILM, Weta ... because in all honesty their number of employees is much much smaller, maybe like a one department of those giants, therefore they did better job imho.


I agree they did an amazing job for what it is. But, I was just saying, it's not the best vfx I have ever seen. But if you're talking about best quality, the final result is all that matters, not how many or who worked on it. How many times have we heard that about demo reels and students giving excuses for how little time they had, etc...
 
Old 10 October 2012   #6
I think being a small studio does give them some "extra credit" since they don't have the resources ILM or Weta does, but in the end, the work is the work, and that's some very nice work.

Some epic water and nicely done everything in this, too..

https://vimeo.com/50674617
 
Old 10 October 2012   #7
Originally Posted by hypercube: Some epic water and nicely done everything in this, too..

https://vimeo.com/50674617


That does look really great. It's nice to see some small operations compete with the big ones.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #8
Thats my point, the size of that team, concentrated talent and hard work proves you don't always need an army to produce great vfx.. sometimes the smaller and more intricate the project the better - Looper is another great example of this. They do a much better job than say Transformers or Star Wars for me personally. The work seems to shine with more passion somehow and its unique.. I haven't seen sharks this good in any feature film - so for that reason its the best shark vfx yet. Something that should have been in the Pirates films at some point. Plus great animation and comping because unlike all the stuff the bigger studios tend to do (tent pole summer blockbusters) this stuff is hard to pull off because we have all seen sharks in their environment and thus we know what to look out for and therefore we can sub consciously scrutinise it much more making it a harder job to pull off.. no one knows what aliens look like so you have free reign.
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Old 10 October 2012   #9
Overall all studios involved with Kon-Tiki produced some amazing shots.

Here are some work by other studios involved.
Fido: https://vimeo.com/48126970
Storm Studios: https://vimeo.com/48314160 https://vimeo.com/49685755 https://vimeo.com/49685754
gimpVille: https://vimeo.com/48170033
 
Old 10 October 2012   #10
Wow - thanks for the post.

There is some seriously good stuff there, especially with regards to fluid sims.

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Old 10 October 2012   #11
Some great VFX stuff there. I think I'm gonna have to see this film.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #12
Originally Posted by th3ta: It is really good work, but nowhere near the best vfx I have ever seen. D-neg, DD, ILM, weta all routinely make better stuff than that, IMHO.


yeah Its not in teal and orange

superb work ilp
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Old 10 October 2012   #13
The book was amazing, very inspirational. I recommend it to everyone. Really took some guts to do what Thor and his crew did...I cant wait to see this film.


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Old 10 October 2012   #14
That. Is. Amazing. The way they blended cg with real footage is just perfect.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #15
Originally Posted by sonn: That. Is. Amazing. The way they blended cg with real footage is just perfect.


Yeah. The most realistic shark VFX I've seen in any film.

Will watch it when it comes to Bluray/DVD.
 
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