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Behind the Scenes with Bolt on Marvel’s Dr Strange
Last year we had the pleasure of working on some of the coolest VFX shots on a feature that was Oscar nominated for its visual effects. The Hollywood blockbuster, Doctor Strange, tells the story of a lesser known but extremely powerful character in the Marvel Universe. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange, an arrogant neurosurgeon who after a car accident seeks help from mystics studying the dark arts and who then turn him into a Sorcerer to protect the World from a magical threat!
Motion Control was brought in for a variety of VFX shots. In the scene where Doctor Strange walks through what looks like a broken mirror, two Modular rigs were synced together so as to be able to shoot simultaneously. This was achieved with two passes from different sides of the room.
Other shots required more camera speed which is when Bolt on Track was brought in. Multiple passes were needed at different frame rates to make it appear as though Doctor Strange was exiting his body in astral form. This can be seen in the hospital scenes. Another shot later in the film required the Bolt to run the camera move at full speed forwards and then backwards so different elements of the scene appeared to be moving backwards in time.
This behind the scenes video gives a great look at the Modula Rig in action, and how in a very small set, it helped shoot this well-crafted spooky short film, Turning Point. The plot line sees a young woman waking up alone in an abandoned house and exposed to a deadly disease, she must survive the night.
The Modula Rig is specifically designed to fit into small spaces – including being able to pass through a normal size door – which makes it ideal for tight in-house shoots or other small places.
Our partners in the US, Camera Control, supplied the Modula, and in liaison with the director of the short film, Joe Penna, (MysteryGuitarMan!), created this great behind the scenes video.
MODULA RIG BEHIND THE SCENES
For more information about the rig, visit our Modula Motion Control Rig page.
To watch the actual short film, Turning Point, click here