London Has Fallen is the sequel to the worldwide smash hit “Olympus Has Fallen,” a non-stop, suspenseful action thriller that delivers high-octane excitement through a heightened sense of authenticity. The visceral intensity springs from a timely premise: after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States.
Led by Compositing Supervisor Eric Doiron and VFX Supervisor Geoff D. E. Scott, the Intelligent Creatures team created VFX sequences for “London Has Fallen” featuring jet Air Force One and the helicopter Marine One. Mixing practical effects with full CG and everything in between, Intelligent Creatures used Fusion Studio to enhance and create the excitement.
“Working on the helicopter sequences was interesting because there was a bunch of different elements at play. Some shots were actually filmed in the helicopters, some with partial green screens, and others were full CG,” said Doiron. “Using Fusion Studio’s compositing abilities and projection mapping, we were able blend the worlds of the practical and visual effects.
“The biggest sequence we did was when Marine One is shot down and crashes through a building, eventually stopping in iconic Hyde Park. It started on a green screen but gradually became all CG. It took months to accomplish but Fusion Studio’s speed is remarkable that it really helped us speed up what would have been a much longer process. The software’s node-based architecture helped us to manage hundreds of elements and make many revisions without getting backed into a corner.” The Intelligent Creatures team also used a Cinema Camera to help capture the streets of London. They then used DaVinci Resolve Studio to ingest the VFX plates.
“For some of the most intensive sequences, we needed helicopters to fly low right over major London streets, which would never go through practical effects due to safety issues,” noted Scott. “We went rooftop to rooftop with a Cinema Camera and took footage to create the VFX plates, so that everything would be authentic to the city.”