Evil Eye builds a 3D VFX sand vortex for Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away

The finished shot with VFX by Evil Eye, and the original clean plate.

Evil Eye Pictures worked as the lead visual effects house for the stereoscopic 3D film, Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away, which hits UK cinemas on February 1 2013. Inevitably, it's already out in the US.

Cirque Du Soleil is known for its real acrobatics, and Evil Eye's work was confined to the narrative parts of the film, where two young people journey through the dreamlike worlds containing Cirque du Soleil performances to find each other.

Evil Eye designed and produced the sand vortex that literally draws the central characters into the Cirque universe.

“The vortex effect required complex creative design and the simulation of millions and millions of animated sand particles,” says John L Jack, Evil Eye’s visual effects producer. “The results in 3D are quite stunning.”

The finished shot with VFX by Evil Eye, and the original clean plate.

The firm also created numerous exterior shots executed by Evil Eye support the film's story, which moves across Cirque du Soleil including O, KA, Mystere, Viva Elvis, Zumanity and The Beatles Love.

The film was written and directed by Andrew Adamson, best known for his work on Shrek and The Chronicles of Narnia films. You can watch the trailer below.


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