Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Framestore has delivered some super-powered VFX on the new DC sequel, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which continues the story of teenage Billy Batson whom, upon reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!,” is transformed into his adult Superhero alter ego, Shazam. Directed by David F. Sandberg, the action-packed sequel stars returning cast members Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan along with new members, Rachel Zegler, Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren.
This project was completed by Method Studios. Method’s film and episodic teams in Montreal, Vancouver and Melbourne are now part of Framestore.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods was released in theatres on March 17th.
Framestore team in Vancouver led by VFX Supervisor Sean Schur completed 108 shots, delivered demanding dust and lighting effects simulations and created innovative superpower effects. Framestore’s team was notably responsible for the entire first VFX-heavy shot of the movie taking place in the Acropolis Museum in Athens. In this shot, two of Atlas’ daughters, Kalypso and Hespera steal the staff and ultimately create chaos and destroy everything in the museum. “This shot was our biggest challenge on this project,” explains Sean Schur, VFX Supervisor. “It’s the first big VFX moment and it sets the tone for the rest of the movie, so it was essential that we get it right.” For this shot of over 1100 frames with multiple plates, the team delivered a large palette of VFX types. “We created complex lighting effects, achieved demanding sentient dust simulations, completed destructions, collapsing statues and ultimately turned over two dozen actors to stone,’ concludes Schur.