To help tell the story of young Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Iloura crafted 153 VFX shots that lend authenticity to everything from Spider-Man’s suit to crucial environments. Collaborating once again with sister company Method Studios, and working closely with director Jon Watts, VFX Supervisor Janek Sirrs, and Method VFX Supervisor Matt Dessero, Iloura’s team of 80 artists was led by VFX Supervisor Dan Bethell.
“Our work was quite varied but the creative brief was always to serve the story and the context of the scene,” said Bethell. “From our CG environment work, to digitally augmenting Spider-Man’s suit and face, everything we did aimed to sell the believability of the scenes and to support Tom Holland’s performance.”
The bulk of Iloura’s work focused on the Department of Damage Control sequence, in which artists digitally transformed a barren warehouse set into a 3D environment filled with containers, rafters, and other elements. Attention to detail was key, from the textural qualities of the walls to flares on the overhead lights to serial numbers on each container. Iloura fortified its workflow for full CG environments, ensuring that when artists made even small changes to the warehouse, it updated across all shots to maintain complete continuity.
In the same sequence, Spider-Man swings in a hammock – a look Iloura achieved by combining the CG environment and FX, practical Spider-Man stunt photography and CG suit augmentation. In translating the practical footage, artists also needed to animate a fully CG head for Spider-Man and augment his suit, taking care to match the reflective and sparkly qualities of the practical suit material. The Iloura team pushed its lookdev and shaders to ensure texture and lighting matches with Spider-Man’s complex suit materials. Iloura’s Asset Supervisor Greg O’Connor was invaluable for handling the very technical work of matching CG Spider-Man to live action Spider-Man. Iloura artists also created various distinct CG webs that Spider-Man gets to test out as he swings through the facility.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, is in theaters now.