Watch the Magic Behind Daredevil's Emmy-Nominated Visual Effects

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 2:17PM
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Daredevil
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 2:17PM
Watch the Magic Behind Daredevil's Emmy-Nominated Visual Effects
A recent video essay claimed that CGI only gets a bad rep nowadays because effects that are poorly done are painfully obvious, while masterful special effects are barely noticeable. The video used films such as The Avengers, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Jurassic Park in order to illustrate this point, huge blockbusters with amazing special effects. But Marvel's Daredevil may be an even more apt example to use, as the effects were completely unobtrusive and never compromised the realism of the show:

Daredevil: 'Behind the Visual Effects' from shade VFX on Vimeo.



In this video, Shade VFX, the Emmy-nominated special effects studio that handles Daredevil, explained that they are in the business of creating "supporting visual effects," which help the filmmaker tell the story by filling in small details. As a result, the show doesn't feel special effects-heavy, even though many, many shots were overlaid with effects, from the New York cityscapes to bullet wounds to fire from explosions.

Daredevil Visual Effects

It's all the more impressive that Daredevil retained its grittiness, which Shade VFX called "a substitute [word] for reality," while some elements of the show were entirely CGI. The weapon in the amazing red ninja fight, for example, was entirely computer generated. The VFX team created a model that adhered to the laws of physics by working with a real chain-and-blade weapon ahead of time, and then inserted the blade in post-production.

And then, when a bloodied and battered Daredevil jumps out the window to escape, nothing about that shot is real. The glass of the window didn't break, and Daredevil himself was entirely digitally recreated. The VFX team 3-D scanned Charlie Cox, used his information to create a digital double, and then used traditional animation techniques for the falling shot.

The Emmys will take place on September 20, at which time Daredevil and Shade VFX will go up against fellow comic book adaptations Gotham and The Walking Dead in the supporting visual effects category, while geek favorites The Flash, Game of Thrones, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. face off in the main category.
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