BLACK WIDOW

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Rising Sun Pictures weaves invisible magic for marvel studios blockbuster “Black Widow”

Studio kicks into overdrive to deliver 100+ shots for super hero saga.

Adelaide, South Australia—27 July 2021 — The first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as former Russian spy turned super hero Natasha Romanoff. Set before the events portrayed in Avengers: Endgame, the film follows Natasha as she reunites with family members to take on a dark threat posed by a villain known as Taskmaster.

Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) was initially contracted to provide visual effects for the film’s teaser trailer. The studio was subsequently enlisted to apply its touch to several notable sequences from the film itself, ultimately delivering more than 100 shots over the course of just six weeks. RSP has contributed to several previous Marvel Studios productions, including Captain Marvel and Thor: Ragnarok, but Black Widow marked its first collaboration with Director Cate Shortland, Visual Effects Supervisor Geoffrey Baumann and VFX Producer Lisa Marra.

Joining the production at a relatively late stage, RSP had to ramp up and rapidly begin delivering finished work. “We’re agile,” says RSP VFX Supervisor Dennis Jones. “Our approach toward show set-up is hands-on and flexible. We adapt quickly to the needs of the project. This show required intricate compositing and 3D tracking work, something we’re very experienced at, so the short turnaround was not an obstacle.”

A significant portion of RSP’s work centered on a sequence set in a Budapest restaurant where Natasha talks with her sister Yelena (Florence Pugh), while tending to a wound she’s suffered. Several shots were added to the scene in post-production with the actresses shot on a blue screen stage and composited into the background. To ensure the new material cut seamlessly with location shots, RSP compositors reconstructed the restaurant environment from elements drawn from the original photography and integrated the talent.

The complexity of the background, camera movement and action made for challenging work. “The restaurant and panoramic views of the city had to be precisely rebuilt from multiple angles,” explains VFX Producer Ian Cope. “We had to balance the lighting on the talent and the background, and replicate other technical details of the original photography to make the additions imperceptible to the audience.”

“To make Taskmaster appear to be a natural part of the scene, we had to replace all the reflections in the room,” recalls Jones. “We also had to place a reverse reflection in Taskmaster’s visor and add a stream of hyper-graphics around the edge. The graphics needed to be timed, and the reflections tracked, to ensure consistency from all angles. It was challenging work and the final result is great.”

Similar finesse was required for a scene involving Taskmaster, who has an uncanny ability to mimic the movements of anyone he sees. In this case, RSP was asked to insert Taskmaster into a scene drawn from Iron Man II to show him observing Black Widow and studying her martial arts agility. “To make Taskmaster appear to be a natural part of the scene, we had to replace all the reflections in the room,” recalls Jones. “We also had to place a reverse reflection in Taskmaster’s visor and add a stream of hyper-graphics around the edge. The graphics needed to be timed, and the reflections tracked, to ensure consistency from all angles. It was challenging work and the final result is great.”

“It takes strong supervision and an ability to make quick decisions. Our crew had just come off several big projects but were eager to join Black Widow. They rose to the challenge and delivered impressive results.”

CREDITS + CREW
DIRECTOR

CATE SHORTLAND

VFX PRODUCER

LISA MARRA

VFX SUPERVSIOR

GEOFFREY BAUMANN

RISING SUN PICTURES

ADAM PETTIGROVE

ADAM POTTER

ALES GARGULAK

ALEX MEDDICK

ALEX PINCHES

ALI EHTEMAMI

ANDREW FERGUSON

ANDREW GRAHAM

ANDREW PALMER

ANDREW SAVCHENKO

ANDREW WILLIAMS

ANDY PEEL

ANG LU

ANIL REDDY CH

ANNA HODGE

ANTHONY CHAPPINA

ANTHONY WINTER

ANTO BOND

ANTONY HABERL

ARTHUR MOODY

ASHLEIGH WHITE

ASHLEY MASON

BEN HOLEN

BEN PASCHKE

BEN WARD

BHAKAR JAMES

BRIDGET DINNING

BRITTANY HERRIMAN

BRODIE MCCROSSIN

CARA GATELY

CARLOS MARQUEZ

CHANTELLE SEARLE

CHRIS KING

CHRIS ROSENHAIN

CHRISTINA RZEWUCKI

CORINNE TENG

CRAIG FIELD

CRYSTEL NEWMAN

DALLY GARCIA

DALLY GARCIA ARREAZA

DAMIEN ROLLOND

DAN BETHELL

DAN WILLS

DANI CARDELLA

DANIEL STEART

DANIEL VELIKOV

DAVID BEMI

DAVID CAUNCE

DEAN MRAZEK

DENNIS JONES

ELEISHA FRANCIS

ENRICO ZERBO

FRANCESC DONAIRE

FRANCESCA SALVATORE

GARETH ERIKSSON

GEMMA WOOD

GEOFF ALLAN

GREG WIEDER

GUIDO WOLTER

HANG LI

HARRY MEDLIN

HARSHAL PATIL

HAYES BRIEN

HEATH DINGLE

HUAN LUONG

IAN COPE

IDA MCNAMARA

ILONA BLYTH

JADE HAMLEY

JAMES CLIFT

JAMIE MACDOUGALL

JASON SCOTT

JEBB NG

JENNIE ZEIHER

JESS BURNHEIM

JOEL MICHAEL

JOHN BASTIAN

JOHN TOTH

JON SUM

JONATHON MCKENDRICK

JOSEPH ROBERTS

JOSH ELLEM

JULIAN HUTCHENS

JULIETTE CHRISTIE

JUSTIN GREENWOOD

KALYAN CHAKRAVARTHY

KATE BERNAUER

KIERAN OGDEN-BRUNELL

KRANTHI KUMAR K

KUNAL BISWAS

KURT DEBENS

LACHLAN TOLLEY

LEEMA ROSE

LEIAH SEARS

LIAM GARE

LOUIS DUNLEVY

LU, TING YUN

MALTE SARNES

MARC LANGBEIN

MARCIN CHARLICKI

MAREE FRIDAY

MARK HONER

MARK STORY

MARK TOMCZYK

MARTIN ALVAREZ GARCIA

MASI SHAH

MATEUSZ KRZASTEK

MATHEW MACKERETH

MATT SHAW

MATTHEW COOMBE

MEREDITH MEYER-NICHOLS

MICHAEL FURNISS

MICHAELA DANBY

NAEEM CHUDAWALA

NATHAN ZEPPEL

NEILL BARRACK

NICK BEINS

NICK PILL

NIKHIL KAMBOJ

NIKHIL SHANKAR-NOBLE

NIKOLETTA EKKER

NOAH VICE

NURUL ARIF

OWEN WILLIAMS

PARIS DOWNES

PAUL DRIVER

PAUL FLANAGAN

PAUL TAYLOR

PETER KUMIC

PETR ROHR

PHIL PRATES

POL CHANTHASARTRATSAMEE

QAZI HAMZA JAVED

RACHEL BIANCULLI

RAJ DHALLA

REBECCA DARLING

REBECCA WELLS

RENEE MARSLAND

RICHARD COLLIS

ROBERT BEVERIDGE

ROBERTO GENITO

ROBIN REYER

RYAN KIRBY

SAM HANCOCK

SAM HODGE

SAMANTHA ABDA

SAMANTHA MAIOLO

SARA HENSCHKE

SARAH BENEKE

SCOTT BULEY

SHANE BERRY

SHAWN MCCARTEN

SIMON WALSH

SITH KHAY

SOPHIE ELDER

STEVEN YOUNG

SUGAKO RIBBON

SUSANA TORREALBA

SVEN AHLSTROM

THOMAS BAXTER

THOMAS MAHER

TIM CROSBIE

TIM MACKINTOSH

TIM QUARRY

TONY CLARK

TRACY DAVIDSON

TRACY MULLER

TROY TOBIN

TUREA BLYTH

VAHAN SOSOYAN

VAUGHN WHITE

VICTOR GLUSHCHENKO

VITALII STADNYK

VITTORIO DI TORO

YANGYANG XU

ZAC COSTER

ZHIYONG LIU