Visual Effects in ‘Cosmopolis’: James Cooper, Lead Compositor (Mr. X)Filming Official Stills Photos of Filming
We’ve provided a link to a very cool post from James Cooper of Mr. X, who worked on the visual effects in Cosmopolis. Here’s two sets of pics with quotes from the story; click on “Source” at the bottom of the post for the full interview with Mr. Cooper. Other effects discussed include incorporating the street views outside the limo windows and Eric’s gunshot scene. Cooper also comments on what it’s like to work with David Cronenberg.
Can you tell us about the design of the various screens inside the limo?The character of Eric sees much more than just price and volume variations. He has a unique ability to look at the many different patterns that the volatility of the stock, commodity futures and money markets generate, analyze them and predict where they will end up in the near future. Keeping that in mind we started with the production design references and adapted them, adding our own design elements and animations to create more visually interesting screens than might normally be seen on a trader’s monitor.
Is there an invisible effect you want to reveal to us?A particularly challenging shot has Eric entering an alleyway on a mission to confront his stalker. We needed to replace the building at the end of the lane way for continuity purposes but Eric passes through a chain link gate which is left swinging behind him. And, of course, the camera is moving as well. Production did not have a green screen big enough to cover the entire entrance to the lane way so we rotoscoped the gates, put them on cards in 3D space, tracked the camera and animated the roto to match the actual gate. All in all a very tricky shot.
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