VFXShow 237: Mission Impossible Fallout

In this episode, Matt Wallin, Jason Diamond and Mike Seymour look at Mission Impossible: Fallout. This is the latest film in the series. Beginning in 1996, the films have followed the missions of the IMF’s main field team under the leadership of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), who is forced to take over after the team is betrayed from within during the first film. The series focuses on Hunt as the lead character as opposed to the ensemble cast structure of the television series, although some characters, such as Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) have recurring roles in the films.


The series has received a positive reception from critics and is the 18th-highest-grossing film series of all time, with a worldwide gross of over $3.3 billion to date. The sixth and most recent film, titled Mission: Impossible – Fallout, was released in July 2018.

Two years after Solomon Lane’s capture, (in a previous film) the remains of Lane’s organization “the Syndicate” are now a terrorist group named “the Apostles”. Ethan Hunt is assigned to intercept three stolen plutonium cores in Berlin before the Apostles can sell them to fundamentalist John Lark. He is joined by Benji Dunn and Luther Stickell for the mission, but they fail, allowing the Apostles to take the plutonium. The team seek to use Lane to re-gain the nuclear weapons grade plutonium and avoid the Apostle building and perhaps using three portable nuclear weapons.


Tom breaking his foot.

During filming Tom Cruise did a stunt and broke his foot. In the video below from the Graham Norton Show in the UK, the cast watch the footage back when cruise lands in such a way as he breaks his ankle. Missing the ledge was always the plan, and Tom Cruise had safety lines for this, but his foot hits the wall in an odd way. The actors credit he climbs up and limbs out of shot, with the break, and both the break and the real limbing out of shot are in the film.

The great visual effects in this film was lead by DNeg.


  • Lola vfx
  • Bluebolt (London)
  • One of Us
  • Blind (Computer graphics design and animation) and
  • Cheap Shot (primarily Comp)

Previs by The Third Floor (USA)


The ‘IMF team’ this week:

Mike ‘Faceswapping‘ Seymour @mikeseymour

Matt ‘Halo Jump‘ Wallin    @mattwallin

Jason ‘Bike chase’ Diamond  @jasondiamond      www.thediamondbros.com

1 thought on “VFXShow 237: Mission Impossible Fallout”

  1. I am catching up to one of my favorite VFX art/tech discussion source here! You three nail it in all topics you discuss (and yes… I am hearing about “realtime ray tracing” in VR – even in the likes of blocky minecraft from my college kid majoring in biology!) But wanted to extend belated congratulations to Jason! Another story as to how I missed it the first hand..but nonetheless, I heard about Emmy in this discussion today, and felt proud!

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