We talk with Director Michael Gracey, about the use of 3D printers, miniatures and DIY motion capture for the new feel good film, The Greatest Showman. 

Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey makes his feature film directorial debut with The Greatest Showman. It is the story of PT Barnum, the man who invented modern Show Business. Gracey braids together original songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) with a multi-talented cast headed by Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. The film immerses audiences in the very origins of mass entertainment and mega-celebrities of the 70s … the 1870s. The story is told in the newly electrified world of America’s post-Civil War Gilded Age - through the viscerally contemporary lens of modern hip-hop culture crossed with old school musical charm.

Visual effects include work by

  • MPC
  • Rodeo FX
  • Raynault
  • Brainstorm Digital and
  • Lola

Check out more on the detailed work of the digital animals and integration of the matte paintings and miniatures here at fxguide after Christmas.

Zendaya and Zac Efron.

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  • Michael Gracey comes across as having wonderful integrity.