Mike Seymour, Matt Wallin and Jason Diamond discuss the visual effects of Zack Synder's Man of Steel.


Show Notes:

Director: Zack Synder
Cinematographer: Amir Mokri
VFX Supervisors and Companies:
Production VFX Supervisor - John 'DJ' Desjardin
MPC - Guilliame Rocheron
Weta Digital - Dan Lemmon
Double Negative - Ged Wright
Scanline - Chad Wiebe
Look Effects - Max Ivins
PLF - Kyle Robinson
Other companies: Blur, Teamworks

fxguide feature article on the VFX of Man of Steel

fxpodcast interview with Weta Digital's Dan Lemmon on the tech of Krypton

Man of Steel easter eggs

Richard Donner: No one will ever play Superman the way Christopher Reeve did

Cinéma vérité

Apocalypse Now Poster reference

Extensive Krypton concept art by Christian Lorenz Scheurer

Black Sabbath Never Say Die album cover

'Man of Steel': Most Product Placements Ever

Tilted building in Dark of the Moon

Night Watch truck flipping - video

Was Christopher Reeve’s Face CGI’d Into "Man Of Steel" For A Split Second? - video

Man of Steel soundtrack released with Headphone:X mix

z+ Music mobile software

Man Of Steel Soundtrack - Percussion - Hans Zimmer - video BTS

Matt Wallin's presentation on Mapping Color


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  • Abhimanyu Tanwar

    How he shave his hair ? ha ha good question. hey Mike i just want to know that man of steel is shoot in native stereo or 3D conversion if conversion so which company did ?

    Thanks awesome fxguide Team

  • It’s so epic that it’s downright silly. Can’t imagine the work that went into it. And I’m not sure if a lot of the effects in the middle looked fake because they were going for a certain style, or if they were actually bad effects. Hard to tell with the director of 300. And it really lacks charm because they don’t introduce Clark-the-awkward-reporter, until two seconds before the credits roll.

    And I can’t tell you how much I HATE those cliched fast zooms in spaceship sequences! So sick of those. But at least there weren’t any Matrix landings.

  • Great comments guys. LOVE to get your feedback, thoughts and comments on the film and the show. Personally I’d love to have had more Clark Kent which seems like such a big part of the Superman mythology. But they’ve already begun writing the sequel so we’ll no doubt get more character in the second film. Its hard for me to imaging this guy and the Christian Bale Dark Knight in the same world though.

    I’m not sure about the stereo, but my guess would be conversion.

  • Christopher

    Regarding the question on how a Kryptonian ship came to Earth about 10,000 years at the Canadian Arctic earlier than Kal-El’s rocket landing into Smallville, that was partially explained by David S. Goyer himself on the DC’s prequel comic book released by Walmart to promote MAN OF STEEL.
    http://www.comicbookmovie.com/superman_movies/news/?a=79753
    http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/06/19/man-of-steel-david-goyer-easter-egg-seque/

    Essentially, the Fortress of Solitude is a Kryptonian ship adrift in space piloted by Kara Zor-El (a.k.a. Supergirl, Kal-El’s older cousin), of which we have seen one pod empty inside the ship (while others have been filled up by corpses).

    It’s very likely that particular ship went through a wormhole jumping back to 10,000 years ago on a time space continuum, which would explain why Kryptonian technology on the ship was as advanced as the time when Krypton exploded. However, that would be pure speculation to be confirmed after MAN OF STEEL comes out in the years to come.

    Great podcast, by the way

  • Christopher

    However, that would be pure speculation to be confirmed after MAN OF STEEL 2 comes out in the years to come.

  • The film was post converted by LEGEND3D. The conversion was helped by the Deep Color pipeline of places like Weta. We hope to have more from LEGEND3D in the future.

  • Abhimanyu Tanwar

    Thanks Mike and Matt.

    Thanks fxguide.com