Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was filmed entirely against blue-screen. California-based companies Luma Pictures and CafeFX reveal the creative trickery that made it happen.
The other was that Maya, especially now with Maya Fluids, could be pushed to be an incredible powerhouse for a large variety of effects. I had sometimes heard people dismiss Fluids as almost a toy, but this project has confirmed my belief in the power of Fluids – if you are willing to learn the controls. It was almost like, if we were in a bind, someone would just say ‘let’s see what we can get out of Fluids’, and we'd be amazed.”
While Shohadai was working out a way to create silt plumes, Jeff Goldman of CafeFX was trying to get to grips with snow.