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Less than two months before release, Green Lantern gets $9 million to fix VFX

Apr. 26, 2011by:

The visual FX shown in the first trailer for GREEN LANTERN didn't do much to knock any socks off. The WonderCon footage, released after a few more months of post-production work, was vastly improved but still had some issues, specifically the goofy look of Green Lantern's facemask on Ryan Reynolds. Warner Bros., sensing that there was still some work to be done before the June 17th release, has granted the production an additional $9 million to beef up the VFX team with hopes of getting everything perfect.

Normally you might read this type of article and the accompanying text would be a lot of "sky is falling" nail-biting. On the contrary, I'd like to take the measured approach and be pleased that Warner Bros. recognized the issue and is taking the appropriate steps to fix any shortcomings in the FX. GREEN LANTERN is a movie that lives or dies on its FX and getting it right on this film is perhaps more important than on any other superhero film.

Also, the last-minute scramble isn't exactly new (that it's become public is the only difference). To complete the work on TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, one FX studio working on the film has shifted to seven-day weeks and 12-hour days with even Easter canceled (is Frank Cross heading this studio?).

An additional $9 million with only two months before release may sound like a lot but the $45 million VFX budget for GREEN LANTERN is actually much smaller than you'd expect. There were no specifics given on TF3 but I'd guess it's much higher than $50 million.

So if you're at all concerned about the FX in GREEN LANTERN, know that Warner Bros. hears you, understands you and is working on it. Whether it will all gel remains to be seen.

Source: Variety

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1:07AM on 04/27/2011

Ughhhhhh

I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?!?!
I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?!?!
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12:34AM on 04/27/2011
As I replied to someone down below, if anyone is interested in knowing:

I also have a friend working on this movie on the sfx shots (won't say what it is that he or she actually does because I don't want to get him or her in trouble) and from what he or she told me. The movie was done, finished, all special fx shots, cgi, vfx, you name, this movie was DONE. Test screenings were pretty horrible, WB got scared and decided to throw some more money on about the only thing they can do to help
As I replied to someone down below, if anyone is interested in knowing:

I also have a friend working on this movie on the sfx shots (won't say what it is that he or she actually does because I don't want to get him or her in trouble) and from what he or she told me. The movie was done, finished, all special fx shots, cgi, vfx, you name, this movie was DONE. Test screenings were pretty horrible, WB got scared and decided to throw some more money on about the only thing they can do to help this movie at this point, the special effects!

I still have hopes GL will turn out good, but it is not looking that way so far...
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12:25AM on 04/27/2011
I have been saying since we first saw the very first footage (which was showing unfinished sfx shots fans were crying in defense), then the first teaser (which still had unfinished sfx shots cried the fans in defence again), then the first trailer (which most hated and still had unfinished cgi...the movie didn't have as many fans then) and then the new trailer (that I thought still looked like shit but everybody seemed to like for some reason..I blame drugs and the fact that most fanboys/girls
I have been saying since we first saw the very first footage (which was showing unfinished sfx shots fans were crying in defense), then the first teaser (which still had unfinished sfx shots cried the fans in defence again), then the first trailer (which most hated and still had unfinished cgi...the movie didn't have as many fans then) and then the new trailer (that I thought still looked like shit but everybody seemed to like for some reason..I blame drugs and the fact that most fanboys/girls will just about eat anything up if they like the character, I guess!?) and now this, it's getting old WB.
Happy you are fixing your video game cutscene, oops sorry, I mean movie, but good special effects or not, this movie still looks bad.

But hey, I wish I'm wrong. I wish GL ends up good because I am a fan of the character and his comics.
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11:35PM on 04/26/2011

Hopefully it helps.

Do you think 9 million is enough to make Ryan Reynolds look and sound like Nathan Fillion? Or at the very least fix that horrible costume and mask?
Do you think 9 million is enough to make Ryan Reynolds look and sound like Nathan Fillion? Or at the very least fix that horrible costume and mask?
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12:15AM on 04/27/2011
Hey, buddy, Nathan Fillion is SO over rated. No wonder he's NOT a big star.
Hey, buddy, Nathan Fillion is SO over rated. No wonder he's NOT a big star.
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11:20PM on 04/26/2011
Remember the same thing happened to the Wolverine movie? They pumped a couple of million into the VFX a few months before it came out, and it still looked bad. That's what GL is smelling like right now.
Remember the same thing happened to the Wolverine movie? They pumped a couple of million into the VFX a few months before it came out, and it still looked bad. That's what GL is smelling like right now.
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10:16PM on 04/26/2011
More proof that the test screening were indeed going over like crap. They're all in and it's looking grimmer by the minute.
More proof that the test screening were indeed going over like crap. They're all in and it's looking grimmer by the minute.
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7:11PM on 04/26/2011
Good to hear.

Also, this was a well written and very positive article about a much debated topic among fans, kudos for keeping with the excitement instead of the negativity.
Good to hear.

Also, this was a well written and very positive article about a much debated topic among fans, kudos for keeping with the excitement instead of the negativity.
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7:05PM on 04/26/2011
Well, thank god for that. Because while I love how much they're embracing the sci-fi aspects of the story, the costume effects have been looking a little, um, sub-par?
Well, thank god for that. Because while I love how much they're embracing the sci-fi aspects of the story, the costume effects have been looking a little, um, sub-par?
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5:51PM on 04/26/2011
It continues to amaze me at the amount of people who really don't know anything about VFX, yet continue to comment regularly about it. I bet half the people on here don't even know what company is doing the VFX for the film. Sony Imageworks, the same company that did the VFX for the Spiderman movies, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, I am legend, Superman Returns, Watchman, the list keeps going. And yet still people question the VFX for this movie. They are spending an additional 9
It continues to amaze me at the amount of people who really don't know anything about VFX, yet continue to comment regularly about it. I bet half the people on here don't even know what company is doing the VFX for the film. Sony Imageworks, the same company that did the VFX for the Spiderman movies, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, I am legend, Superman Returns, Watchman, the list keeps going. And yet still people question the VFX for this movie. They are spending an additional 9 Million because they don't have enough people to continue at the pace they have been going at, and they DO want to get it perfect. One of my best friends is a VFX artist on this film, and was on the films I previously mentioned, and I can tell you he is spending close to 16-18 Hours a day away from his family to work on this film. The VFX for this movie are complex and I am sure they will be DOPE! You just have to give it a chance, and not judge it on the first trailer, which they forced the VFX team to rush out. Oh and to the jackhole who is wondering why they didn't just hire Weta ... because $45million isn't enough money for Weta to take the project. That's why.
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12:30AM on 04/27/2011
Funny, because I also have a friend working on this movie on the sfx shots (won't say what it is that he or she actually does because I don't want to get him or her in trouble) and from what he or she told me. The movie was done, finished, all special fx shots, cgi, vfx, you name, this movie was DONE. Test screenings were pretty horrible, WB got scared and decided to throw some more money on about the only thing they can do to help this movie now, the special effects!

I still have hopes GL
Funny, because I also have a friend working on this movie on the sfx shots (won't say what it is that he or she actually does because I don't want to get him or her in trouble) and from what he or she told me. The movie was done, finished, all special fx shots, cgi, vfx, you name, this movie was DONE. Test screenings were pretty horrible, WB got scared and decided to throw some more money on about the only thing they can do to help this movie now, the special effects!

I still have hopes GL will turn out good, but it is not looking that way so far...
5:41PM on 04/26/2011

9 Mill to fix a mask?

I'll bet rubber, and glue ain't soundin' so bad now, eh WB? Was a CG costume really nessacery, couldn't they have just done something like TRON: Legacy, and save millions of dollars in the process. Besides, I'm seeing way more of Ryan Reynolds anatomy than I care to in that thing.
I'll bet rubber, and glue ain't soundin' so bad now, eh WB? Was a CG costume really nessacery, couldn't they have just done something like TRON: Legacy, and save millions of dollars in the process. Besides, I'm seeing way more of Ryan Reynolds anatomy than I care to in that thing.
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5:01PM on 04/26/2011

Cool

I've liked everything I've seen so far. Also the company doing the special effects aren't a bunch of scrubs, they've worked on the Harry Potter franchise and a lot of other movies with quality FX.
I've liked everything I've seen so far. Also the company doing the special effects aren't a bunch of scrubs, they've worked on the Harry Potter franchise and a lot of other movies with quality FX.
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4:43PM on 04/26/2011

THANK GOD!

but seriously... WHY didn't they go with WETA o_O'
but seriously... WHY didn't they go with WETA o_O'
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4:23PM on 04/26/2011

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It's great that Warner's stepping up tot he task but why they didn't go to the top houses to begin with and save the trouble?
It's great that Warner's stepping up tot he task but why they didn't go to the top houses to begin with and save the trouble?
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4:01PM on 04/26/2011

I know...

...RIGHT???!!!
...RIGHT???!!!
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4:00PM on 04/26/2011
I was skeptical from the get-go on the Green Lantern movie, and continued to be pretty much up until this point. now I'm optimistically skeptical.
I was skeptical from the get-go on the Green Lantern movie, and continued to be pretty much up until this point. now I'm optimistically skeptical.
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3:05PM on 04/26/2011
This is great news. Why the hell didn't a similar decision get made for "Wolverine"? Or maybe it did and the effects just sucked anyway.
This is great news. Why the hell didn't a similar decision get made for "Wolverine"? Or maybe it did and the effects just sucked anyway.
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2:48PM on 04/26/2011
I'd like to see a good GL but the effects are very bad imo. Reynold's face looks like it was filmed in a photo studio and the rest is from a blender animation. Lighting is off, color-balancing is insanely off to the point where all the heads look copied and pasted onto the bodies. I'm not sure there is time to fix these problems. They need some pros in there immediately.
I'd like to see a good GL but the effects are very bad imo. Reynold's face looks like it was filmed in a photo studio and the rest is from a blender animation. Lighting is off, color-balancing is insanely off to the point where all the heads look copied and pasted onto the bodies. I'm not sure there is time to fix these problems. They need some pros in there immediately.
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2:34PM on 04/26/2011
Does this mean no more radioactive bacon and odor eater posters?
Does this mean no more radioactive bacon and odor eater posters?
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12:30PM on 04/26/2011

This movie is going to be balls out insane.

But I will say that WB was insane for using such a lame effects house. Seriously? You had RICHARD TAYLOR AS THE DESIGNER AND YOU WOULDN'T PAY FOR WETA TO DO THIS!?!??!?! What about ILM? Ugh.
But I will say that WB was insane for using such a lame effects house. Seriously? You had RICHARD TAYLOR AS THE DESIGNER AND YOU WOULDN'T PAY FOR WETA TO DO THIS!?!??!?! What about ILM? Ugh.
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11:52AM on 04/26/2011
I am positive that this happens more than we realize, with that being said though, I am glad they are attmepting to spruce things up and make the effects work.
I am positive that this happens more than we realize, with that being said though, I am glad they are attmepting to spruce things up and make the effects work.
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11:06AM on 04/26/2011
It's good to see that they actually care and are trying to fix it!

I lol'd at the Frank Cross joke! Scrooged is classic!
It's good to see that they actually care and are trying to fix it!

I lol'd at the Frank Cross joke! Scrooged is classic!
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10:37AM on 04/26/2011

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I don't get why the suit needs to be CGI...the reasoning is its supposed to be made of lantern enery...but its supposed to LOOK REAL...so why not just put him in a real suit/mask.
I don't get why the suit needs to be CGI...the reasoning is its supposed to be made of lantern enery...but its supposed to LOOK REAL...so why not just put him in a real suit/mask.
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2:48PM on 04/26/2011
Because in the comics it isn't a real suit/mask either. It's a construct made by the ring.
read up before you complain bro.
Because in the comics it isn't a real suit/mask either. It's a construct made by the ring.
read up before you complain bro.
3:02PM on 04/26/2011
I'm pretty sure that in the comics it isn't a suit edited in post-production. Drawn in the same way every other thing is. It is pretty fair to say that a non-CGI suit MIGHT look better than the one that currently needs a $9 million overhaul.

Think before you reply bro.
I'm pretty sure that in the comics it isn't a suit edited in post-production. Drawn in the same way every other thing is. It is pretty fair to say that a non-CGI suit MIGHT look better than the one that currently needs a $9 million overhaul.

Think before you reply bro.
10:28AM on 04/26/2011
While I'm on the fence about this movie in general (could go either way, IMO...that suit still rubs me the wrong way), this is a common practice and I trust they're only doing this to make sure they're putting out the best possible movie.
While I'm on the fence about this movie in general (could go either way, IMO...that suit still rubs me the wrong way), this is a common practice and I trust they're only doing this to make sure they're putting out the best possible movie.
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10:23AM on 04/26/2011
They've done the same thing with King Kong too. They have time. If I could receive that amount of money to do some "adjustments" in my life...wooo, that'd be sweet!
They've done the same thing with King Kong too. They have time. If I could receive that amount of money to do some "adjustments" in my life...wooo, that'd be sweet!
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9:57AM on 04/26/2011
Nothing to worry about. Just making some last minute adjustments.

Movie is going to kick ass and is my most anticipated.
Nothing to worry about. Just making some last minute adjustments.

Movie is going to kick ass and is my most anticipated.
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3:18PM on 04/26/2011
Is it me or is every movie this guys 'most anticipated'; you and your infinite anticipation, man.
Is it me or is every movie this guys 'most anticipated'; you and your infinite anticipation, man.
9:54AM on 04/26/2011

Agreed with cerealkiller...

This is not uncommon for studios to do this. New Line did the same thing for RETURN OF THE KING as the visuals needed more work at the last minute and pumped more money in. I see this as a good thing and two months is still plenty.
This is not uncommon for studios to do this. New Line did the same thing for RETURN OF THE KING as the visuals needed more work at the last minute and pumped more money in. I see this as a good thing and two months is still plenty.
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9:31AM on 04/26/2011
Isn't this kind of how its done? They give them a budget, the studio heads like what they see so they give them more money so they can do things they weren't able to.
Isn't this kind of how its done? They give them a budget, the studio heads like what they see so they give them more money so they can do things they weren't able to.
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