Go Behind the Magic with ILM’s The Avengers Effects Reel

The Hulk in The Avengers (2012) Movie Image

I love watching this and I hate watching this. Let me explain: as someone who enjoys films tremendously, I love knowing what goes into making my favorite movies. That’s why I devour the bonus content and behind-the-scenes features on DVDs. On the other hand, “The Avengers” is one of those movies that you know without actually knowing that most of what takes place onscreen were assembled from a bunch of other parts. You accept it, cause that’s part of the movie’s magic.

And therein lies the rub: once you’ve seen how the effects geniuses of ILM assembled Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” together from bit parts, it sort of takes away some of the magic. See what I mean? I love this stuff, and I also hate this stuff.

But for those of you who are better at digesting these things than me, check out ILM’s reel for their work on “The Avengers”. Writes ILM:

We are proud to present this video which showcases some of ILM’s Oscar nominated effects work for the 2012 hit film, “Marvel’s The Avengers”. This reel represents a small fraction of the work created by over 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team.

The stop motion animations which open and close the reel were done the old fashioned way – by hand, one frame at a time. They were crafted by ILM’s stop motion guru, Erik Dillinger specifically for this reel.

Really good stuff, even if I did stop watching about 45 seconds in.

As an aside, the film was nominated for a “Best Visual Effects” Oscar recently, pitting it against “The Hobbit”, “Life of Pi”, “Prometheus”, and “Snow White and the Huntsman”.