THE AVENGERS: Building A Digital New York

Hit the jump to check out a brand new featurette from Industrial Light & Magic that showcases their movie magic on Joss Whedon's The Avengers. Come see how ILM was able to recreate Manhattan.

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By nailbiter111 - 2/19/2013



"Although roughly a third of "The Avengers" is set in New York City precious little was actually filmed there. ILM crew members photographed 7-miles of city streets from a variety of heights and at different times of day totaling 250,000 images. The crew then digitally recreated roughly 20 square blocks of mid-town Manhattan using a variety of techniques. Live action shoots were held primarily on sound stages in New Mexico and in the streets of Cleveland." - ILMVisualFX



Marvel's The Avengers picks up when an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security. And 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. With director Joss Whedon at it's helm, and an ensemble cast including Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Chris Hemsworth (Thor Odinson), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff), Clark Gregg (Agt. Phil Coulson), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), with Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Stellan Skarsgard (Professor Erik Selvig).

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thorhulk77 - 2/19/2013, 2:11 PM
This is the most amazing news we've had all day. Lol
ManofSteel23 - 2/19/2013, 2:13 PM
I love watching this stuff,looks complicated as [frick] to make,but they did a brilliant job
Jollem - 2/19/2013, 2:13 PM
evans look like he put on some pajamas and is ready to go to comic-con :)
DanteSparda - 2/19/2013, 2:15 PM
Avengers debug mode.

Now shut up and give them an Oscar.
shiverman20 - 2/19/2013, 2:19 PM
I was stunned by this film. I've kinda seen it too many times now but the first time i saw it I was grinning all the way through, my cheeks ached by the time Thanos had come and gone
DanteSparda - 2/19/2013, 2:26 PM
@shiverman20

Oddly enough is that Thanos was smiling just like everybody else in the audience, it's like if he was watching the movie all along and the "Other" just asked him how the movie was.
Jollem - 2/19/2013, 2:33 PM
thamnos likes fightin' and 'splosions
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 2/19/2013, 2:41 PM
my buttcheeks ached as well. [frick]ing awesome movie.
GuardianAngel - 2/19/2013, 2:45 PM
Loved it, but it's like TDK all over again. Sorry fanboys, but this is FAR from the BEST movie of 2012.
shiverman20 - 2/19/2013, 2:49 PM
no one said it was the best movie, one guy said it was the best CBM. And it was my favourite CBM too
DanteSparda - 2/19/2013, 3:01 PM
@GuardianAngel

Sorry non fanboy, but for me it was the best movie of 2012, and why do you bring that up?
95 - 2/19/2013, 3:04 PM
VFX artist are magicians.
Squish - 2/19/2013, 3:28 PM
Waiting for a trolling comment from Jcameron
beane2099 - 2/19/2013, 3:44 PM
The FX in this were pretty awesome. Thsi vid hit on exactly what I think about when I see a lot of those shots. There's so much detail in those shots... Dear God I sound like Rick Mccallum now.
Bread - 2/19/2013, 4:30 PM
Where's the bugle?
flames809 - 2/19/2013, 5:21 PM
out of all the cgi break down... i think green lantern is the best one even though it wasnt that good. While this was very cool
BboiBlack - 2/19/2013, 6:20 PM
what did Weta do exactly?
Durf - 2/19/2013, 7:56 PM
@flames: lol, for real man?

DanteSparda - 2/19/2013, 8:23 PM
Kudos @ Durf LOL!!
MrYurMomm - 2/19/2013, 9:46 PM
I still can't believe how epic this movie turned out to be. It actually met and SURPASSED my expectations. It's the defining movie of what a CBM should be. Amazing film. Hats off to you Mr. Whedon, bravo.
AmazingFantasy - 2/19/2013, 10:16 PM
JLA, come at us.
kemuael - 2/20/2013, 3:03 AM
DC COMICS EAT YOUR HEART OUT!!!!
bababoozer - 2/20/2013, 1:44 PM
Christ......amazing.
bobevanz - 2/20/2013, 2:25 PM
If this doesnt win an oscar, then all hope is lost. [frick] Life of Pi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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