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Watch: The Magic Behind The Visual Effects in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Watch: The Magic Behind The Visual Effects in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Look Effects, the visual effects house that helped produce the look for Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” has released a time-lapse video that demonstrates the meticulous method behind the magic.

The video provides across-the-board insight into the labor that goes into visual effects — chronicling everything from the simplest task of color correcting establishing shots to the more complex, multi-step process of building an action sequence via green-screen work and three-dimensional modeling.

Anderson previously partnered with Look Effects on “Moonrise Kingdom.” In addition to Anderson’s films, Look Effects’ other most recent feature credits include “Noah,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Man of Steel.” In the television space their credits span both cable and network — “Game of Thrones,” “Bones” and “Nashville” to name a few.

While the publication of this reel removes some of the mystique about Anderson and his body of work, it also provides a very strong suggestion to the larger independent filmmaking community: that there is, in fact, a recipe behind every great success story.

Watch the full video below:

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Grand Budapest Hotelstory the latest film by Wes Anderson. This is excellent work and you here you can see some of the VFX tricks in this film.


Why did FOX pull this video? I want to see it again. Can someone please send it to me? It was awesome the first time I saw it. I loved it. Please!!!!!

Dave Barak

Hmm, the best thing about that video was the music. Seriously. Too bad it only ran for half the running time.


What? How does this remove any mystique from Anderson's work. Do you have any idea how films are made? Have you ever watched the closing credits of a Fincher movie or a Scorsese movie, let alone a Pixar movie? The video is awesome. This article is an embarrassment to indieWIRE.

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