Taylor Lautner ’s Jacob Black and his clan have been shape-shifting into wolves since the second film in Summit’s Twilight series. But for Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Tippett Studio introduced its most complex work to date on these characters. Here, the VFX house behind films from Hellboy to Enchanted gives THR an exclusive look behind the scenes.
12 Million Pieces of Fur
Tippett Studio improved its fur and lighting tools to further the realism of the wolves in Breaking Dawn 2. For instance, the wolf might have 12 million individual piece of fur in Breaking Dawn 2, while in the second film, New Moon, it might have had two million.
The CG Wolf
In the next series of images, Tippett provides a rare look at some of the various stages in the development of this CG wolf for one shot in the film, including some of the steps in fur placement and lighting.
This is a lighting pass that would have been used as part of the compositing process.
This interactive lighting pass involves how the fur interacts with light.
Subtle Facial Features
"We added tiny movement in the eyebrows, nose wrinkles, lip curl," says VFX supervisor Eric Leven. "A subtle combination of the way Taylor carries himself and actual wolves."
Riding a Wolf
To create the shot, actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Foy were filmed in front of a green screen, with Foy sitting on a rig built to the specifications of the wolf.
The actors shot on the green screen were composited into a CG background created at VFX house Hydraulx.
Placement in the Shot
Here a CG model of the wolf is placed in the shot. According to Tippett Studio, director Bill Condon treated the wolves like any other characters and never sweated the technical details of fur or shadows. He gave direction to the VFX team as he would to an actor.
The Finished Shot
This finished image is one of 384 shots completed by Tippett Studio for Breaking Dawn 2.