THE WOLVERINE Storyboards & Description Of Deleted Action Scene; Plus VFX Breakdown
The website, Film Sketchr, has scored some sweet storyboards and an interview with John Coven. The artwork depicts scenes with the Silver Samurai, ninjas, and Viper. While I also came across another visual effects breakdown video. This one from Shade VFX.
Below, you will find storyboards from James Mangold's The Wolverine, created by John Coven. The first set of storyboards feature ninjas and Logan. As a reminder, before that scene takes place Logan has removed a robotic parasite from his heart, which allows his accelerated healing power to kick in. He then heads off to rescue Mariko, who is being held at a Yashida facility built next to a Japanese village. This is where Harada confronts Logan, asking him to leave, but it doesn't doesn't deter our adamantium-clad hero. When Harada realizes that Logan is healing like his old self he orders his legion of ninjas to use poison-tipped arrows to bring Logan down, and it works.
While the second set of storyboards, is of the climactic battle with Silver Samurai. I don't really want to go into great detail, as there are a lot of surprises for those that haven't seen the film. But, one scene we didn't get to see is discussed in Film Sketchr's interview with John Coven.
John Coven: The ninja motorbike fight was a collaboration with Dave Leitch, our second unit director/stunt coordinator. He was rehearsing with the stunt riders in the parking lot of Fox Studios Australia where we were shooting. He'd tape the rehearsals and I'd watch the tapes. Then I'd draw up additional ideas and propose them to Dave and Jim Mangold, our director.
The bike fight was in the cut right up until just before the film's release. It was cut from the movie at the last minute. I hear it's going to be included in the DVD version.
Click Here For Film Sketchr's Full Interview With John Covern
Or watch The Wolverine: Shade VFX Breakdown on Vimeo. (Click Here)
Shade VFX: Shade VFX teams up with Fox and supervisor Phil Brennan to create photoreal claws, set extensions and high tech x-ray graphics for this summer blockbuster! Creating over 100 CG shots, shade provided amazing, creative visuals and close teamwork with director and supervisor.
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality.
The Wolverine will be directed by James Mangold (Knight and Day), from a script written by Christopher McQuarrie.. The cast includes: Hugh Jackamn (Logan/Wolverine), Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper), Hiroyuki Sanada (Shingen), Hal Yamanouchi (Yashida), Tao Okamoto (Mariko), Rila Fukushima (Yukio), Brian Tee (Norubo Mori), and Will Yun Lee (Kenuichio Harada/Silver Samurai). The film clawed into theaters July 26, 2013.
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