Vfxshow 212: Arrival.


Mike Seymour, Jason Diamond and Matt Wallin discuss the visual effects of the Instant Sci-Fi classic Arrival, and go down a rat hole at the end on RED VR special projects of Jason.

We also have another podcast which is an interview with the overall VFX Supervisor Louis Morin.

VFX by

  • Hybride
  • Rodeo FX
  • Oblique FX
  • Raynault
  • Framestore

Rodeo has released a before and after reel:



Link to the Writer of Arrival. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer shares notes and extracts from early drafts as he breaks down how he adapted Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life."




Next up on the vfxshow is Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find them.


Images from Jason's VR RED shoot... that the guys discuss.

Super Sphere VR



Timeless VR Continuum.


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  • keithoboy

    Hair Replacement?? One part that caught my eye was perhaps Amy Adam’s entire hair replaced when she was inside the ship with digital hair to provide the underwater effect. Any thoughts? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60d7415256bb3d344a1bfd4f0207c0cd244f36397460fff5c8cc63baa2030273.jpg

    • I noticed the beauty of this also. I think another fortuitous in-camera shot, like teh clouds coming over the low hills.

  • Like to point out a script weakness I believe I see. The ending has both both a pacing and a reveal problem, pacing slows to a crawl and the big reveal is too understated so that many audiences will miss it entirely.

    A solution could be made in the scene with Amy-Louise with the Chinese General at the (future) gala for the adoption of the alien language. This scene is missing its WHAT. It needs an orientation shot–at front of scene or at the end–either a sign to the effect, “Welcome to the first worldwide celebration of potential global unity achieved thru adoption of alien lingo” or, a character thanking Louise in this vein.
    As the scene plays, all we have to tip us off of this fact is a blurred circle logo behind Louise’s head. Most people won;t get the reveal of the scene until days later if at all.