A Look Behind THE AVENGERS User Interface Designs; Helicarrier Screens And Iron Man HUD

A Look Behind THE AVENGERS User Interface Designs; Helicarrier Screens And Iron Man HUD

Featuring still photos of Iron Man's Mark VII HUD, and some S.H.I.E.L.D. Helciarrier screen graphics, hit the jump for a look behind the UI designs of the box-office phenomenon!

Cantina Creative's contribution to the visual effects of Marvel's The Avengers involved on-screen graphics aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, lab sequences, Iron Man’s HUD and other devices used by Tony Stark. And speaking with fxguide, screen designer Jayse Hansen also provided still photos showcasing his work with Cantina Creative.

“For the Helicarrier, it was almost an empty slate at the beginning,” explains Hansen. “I started by researching real aircraft carrier screens and then designing based on what purpose each had. We came to the conclusion that Fury’s screens would be the overall screens and he would have a high level view of basically everything in the Helicarrier and the world. There would be map screens with globes. We did a lot of maps on this! It also had security cam footage, and video feeds from news footage. Hill’s screens were more hands-on with detailed views. She wasn’t flying the ship – but she could make things happen from her screen.”

When asked whether audiences should expect Easter eggs in the read-outs, Hansen says, “Of course! You’ve got to put stuff in there. Although, we were so busy working on this that we might not have taken all opportunities we did have for Easter eggs. There are a few – I tend to put J4YS3 in all my screens. That’s in the Mark VII HUD next to Black Widow and Pepper’s pop-up window. Stephen Lawes puts A-113 in all of his screens he’s done – I think it’s the room where he went to school. Apparently a lot of directors and people from that class have put that in their films.”

Regarding the Iron Man's upgraded HUD, Hansen says, “He’s got a lot of new bells and whistles incorporated into the new suit. It was kind of an open book but the new HUD had to live and feel like the previous ones, although it was more sophisticated and a bit more organic. I’ve got three notebooks that I’ve filled”. Recalling one challenging HUD design where Iron Man is about to attack the aliens and the HUD spins around from a "neutral state" to a new "battle mode," Hansen says, “Joss wanted that to be really dramatic. He said, ‘Why don’t we spin the HUD and the front of it is the good stuff, but 180 degrees behind him is the battle mode.’ Well, the rig that Stephen created in After Effects – actually for Iron Man 2 – was never meant to spin around. So we thought, ‘Can we even do that?’ But by the end of the next day I had it spinning. Joss loved it.”

Latest issue of Post Magazine

Concept Art by Adi Granov

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”--the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, & directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble on May 4, 2012. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. In addition to "Marvel's The Avengers," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013!; and “Thor 2” on November 15, 2013.

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WolvieCBM - 5/23/2012, 10:53 AM
Great stuff.
HelaGood - 5/23/2012, 10:57 AM
i want that!!! all of that!
Kayo - 5/23/2012, 10:58 AM
HelaGood - 5/23/2012, 10:58 AM
That is a kickass Teabag comment
SotNatt - 5/23/2012, 10:58 AM
No Galaga?
DBeck - 5/23/2012, 10:58 AM
When the HUD spun from Blue to Red as Stark was about to take on the invasion, I thought that was awesome and it really stuck out after my first viewing. Really glad that was incorporated into the flick.
MB007 - 5/23/2012, 11:01 AM
Dude, sweet! :-)
thalidomide - 5/23/2012, 11:05 AM
[frick]ing awesome.
marvel72 - 5/23/2012, 11:20 AM
all of them shots are pretty cool in there own way.

boobies are always welcome.
FightAs0ne - 5/23/2012, 11:29 AM
Hi guys im new to the website
bbarber2323 - 5/23/2012, 11:51 AM
Welcome FightAsOne!!!!!!
astromerc - 5/23/2012, 12:04 PM
his site shows you how to make a HUD http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorial/futuristic_hud/
Superheromoviefan - 5/23/2012, 12:05 PM
hulk looks great
Awesomeone - 5/23/2012, 12:16 PM
marvel72 - 5/23/2012, 12:17 PM
@ FightAs0ne

welcome to comic boobs movie.com,sorry i mean comic book movie.com.
cptamericanotsomuch - 5/23/2012, 12:20 PM
Hey [frick]tards im new here too can i see some boobs!!!!
FightAs0ne - 5/23/2012, 12:37 PM
Thanks for the boobs and yes gusto you can get a kayak
FightAs0ne - 5/23/2012, 12:49 PM
I love seeing the Avengers stand together
FightAs0ne - 5/23/2012, 12:51 PM
Oops wrong team lol
comicb00kguy - 5/23/2012, 12:59 PM
Awesome shots from the movie, especially that Hulk shot.

Nice T&A in the comments section also. One reason I prefer this site to superherohype.
spectre88 - 5/23/2012, 1:13 PM
Wow guys
Fogs - 5/23/2012, 1:17 PM
@OrcaFat - I shouldn't reply that since you're a troll but here it goes...

The IM HUD was one of the most innovative things in his 1st movie. I was amazed to see that.

About him getting hurt, he does! He's always in pain and hurt, didn't you watch IM or Avengers? Noticed how he is after one of the falls at the final battle? His face is all [frick]ed up.

But then again forget it. I'm not hoping for a nice rational answer from you because you've shown many times you're nothing but a butthurt kiddo. But it was cool to write those points.
ImnotDaredevil - 5/23/2012, 1:18 PM
Welcome aboard new dudes!
ImnotDaredevil - 5/23/2012, 1:19 PM
Jeebus gusto! Smuggling space hoppers!
TheWebSlinger - 5/23/2012, 1:52 PM
Jesus Christ, I can't even read the comments with all these hot woman with big breast being posted. YOU GUYS AREN'T MAKING "THIS" EASY.

imapepper23 - 5/23/2012, 3:05 PM
BmanHall - 5/23/2012, 3:16 PM
@ TheWebSlinger: Then I guess you can say we're making this... hard?

thamorse - 5/23/2012, 3:18 PM
@Gusto, Ok, I must ask. The Champ. Who is it?
marvel72 - 5/23/2012, 4:08 PM
just watched the avengers xxx,not bad i didn't pay for it. 3/5


hawkeye & black widow (brooklyn lee)

nick fury & sharon carter (phoenix marie)

ms.marvel (lexi swallows) & scarlett witch (danni cole)

thor & she-hulk (chyna)

spider-man & ms.marvel (lexi swallows)

iron man,hulk & spider-woman (jenna presley) all star but there any isn't any sex scenes involvig them.
marvel72 - 5/23/2012, 4:17 PM
@ Azazel1

boo hoo,azazel1 he doesn't like hearing about the avengers,sounds a little butt hurt.

you don't have to click the article you know,some people still want to hear about the avengers.

just think we'll have even more avengers news soon what with it breaking records & the upcoming blu-ray release. :D
marvel72 - 5/23/2012, 4:22 PM
@ azazel1

don't know if it will get reported on here so i thought i'd give you some more avengers news.

the avengers box office gross(so far) $1,191,571,215
thingrock4 - 5/23/2012, 4:36 PM
Everything here is [frick]IN PERFECT!!!!
UltimateTypeface - 5/23/2012, 6:25 PM
Hey I can see the Northern Territory, Australia in one of those SHIELD maps!

Looks like in the middle of the Kakadu National Forrest - nothing there but Crocodiles.
mgeoff88 - 5/23/2012, 6:39 PM
All this behind the scenes stuff is awesome. Hulk on the Post magazine is what comic book dreams are made of. :)

I love boobs as much as the next guy, but we need a bit more love for the derriere in here:

NightForce - 5/23/2012, 6:44 PM
Love that shot of the Hulk, so boss.

@OrcaFat, Are you [frick]ing serious?
@Azazel, then why are you commmenting? Annoying prick.
GUNSMITH - 5/24/2012, 2:56 AM
GUNSMITH - 5/24/2012, 2:56 AM
hellfire - 5/24/2012, 7:10 AM
Gotta love 4 the good old days
NeoTechni - 6/1/2012, 12:13 AM
"When asked whether audiences should expect Easter eggs in the read-outs"

Those are called Okudagrams.

Also, I loved the GUIs in the movie. They were better than the ones in the new Star Trek movie. It's not often I see an Okuda-esque level of detail in a GUI
fbongor - 6/3/2012, 10:00 AM
Am I the only one that doesn't know what J4YS3 means?
So he uses it as an Easter egg in all his movies.
That's nice, but what does it MEAN?

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