VFXShow 271: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

The world’s favorite archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) races against time to retrieve a legendary dial that can change the course of history. Set in the 1960s primarily, Indy is accompanied by his goddaughter (Phoebe Waller-Bridge),  as he soon finds himself squaring off (again) against Mads Mikkelsen as Jürgen Voller, a Nazi who now works for NASA.

Dial of Destiny is the only film in the series that is neither directed by Steven Spielberg nor conceived by George Lucas, with both serving as executive producers instead. The film is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote it with Jez Butterworth, John Henry Butterworth, and David Koepp.

The film opens with 23 minutes of de-aged Harrison Ford on screen. Variety reported that the shots of a young Ford took a team of over 100 artists at Industrial Light and Magic three years to do. The De-aging was not just one single piece of VFX tech, it included enhancing and developing ILM’s existing de-aging technology to create ILM FaceSwap. The film’s VFX supervisor was Andrew Whitehurst and the VFX supervisor at ILM was Robert Weaver. ILM was the lead VFX house on the film.

In the show, Matt mentions the Antikythera Mechanism and a rare and valuable painting by his wife Chrissy Baucom. Below is the oil on canvas painting of the Antikythera Mechanism hanging on Matt’s office wall. Her works, in general, are described as exploring a variety of themes in an attempt to connect to the past and discover new and exciting “landscapes”.

This week’s anti-Nazis are:

  • Matt Wallin *     @mattwallin               www.mattwallin.com.
  • Jason Diamond  @jasondiamond           www.thediamondbros.com
  • Mike Seymour   @mikeseymour.               www.fxguide.com. + @mikeseymour
  • *Special thanks to Matt Wallin with help from Jim Shen for editing the show.
All images ©Walt Disney Co.


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