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  • Rising Sun’s involvement in Watchmen centered on the transition from live action 1985 Manhattan to the cell animated comic book world of Tales of the Black Freighter. This involved two distinct types of VFX work: set extension and comic book stylization and transitions. Set work involved extending a single street intersection to include distant streets and an urban skyline. The live action component of the work was crucial in setting up and developing the back story and introduction to the Black Freighter material. The shots also involved a newsstand and its associated characters, the two Bernards. The Black Freighter material involved a seamless transition from live action plates showing Bernard reading the comic to full-frame single panels of the artwork. As the camera zooms into the panels, they transition from a halftone ‘Gibbons’ look, to the final clean animated material.

    Rising Sun’s involvement in Watchmen centered on the transition from live action 1985 Manhattan to the cell animated comic book world of Tales of the Black Freighter. This involved two distinct types of VFX work: set extension and comic book stylization and transitions. Set work involved extending a single street intersection to include distant streets and an urban skyline. The live action component of the work was crucial in setting up and developing the back story and introduction to the Black Freighter material. The shots also involved a newsstand and its associated characters, the two Bernards. The Black Freighter material involved a seamless transition from live action plates showing Bernard reading the comic to full-frame single panels of the artwork. As the camera zooms into the panels, they transition from a halftone ‘Gibbons’ look, to the final clean animated material.

    Credits & Crew
    Director:
    Zack Snyder
    VFX Supervisor:
    John DesJardin
    Rising Sun Pictures:
    Adam Paschke Ben Warner Ben Dickson Ben Roberts Dennis Jones James Furlong Jesse Balodis John Dietz Justin Long Nick Pill Richard Thwaites Sam Hodge Sam Norman Sarah McLauchlan Will Gammon
    Director:
    Zack Snyder
    VFX Supervisor:
    John DesJardin
    Rising Sun Pictures:
    Adam Paschke Ben Warner Ben Dickson Ben Roberts Dennis Jones James Furlong Jesse Balodis John Dietz Justin Long Nick Pill Richard Thwaites Sam Hodge Sam Norman Sarah McLauchlan Will Gammon

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