Making of 'Life of Pi'
Hollywood wisdom says never work with animals or on the water -- but Fox gambled $100 million that Oscar winner Ang Lee could master both.
Visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer won't ever forget the night he rode out a storm on a Taiwanese coast guard cutter with Ang Lee. The sturdy craft, buffeted by 9-foot waves, thrashed about relentlessly. Venturing into the storm surge was intentional -- Lee wanted his team on Life of Pi to experience the ocean's personality firsthand -- even though the movie was shot entirely on dry land inside elaborate water tanks in Taichung, Taiwan.
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