Behind the Scenes and VFX Breakdown of Summer Blockbuster 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

With 2014 nearly behind us and the list of this year's summer blockbusters almost forgotten, we have a treat from the incredibly talented team at Industrial Light & Magic that takes us back in the form of this behind-the-scenes video of the CG that went into "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." What never gets old about these badass behind-the-scenes videos are how they blow away the background of big-budget movies, essentially revealing the digitally constructed landscapes surrounding our beloved actors in films. 

Having been a Marvel fan for years, it's a highlight of mine now to see these movies upping the ante each and every year with big-budget special effects and explosive scripts that essentially build worlds that otherwise would not exist. Though at the slight cost of the stunt doubles, and in some cases actors, being replaced by full CG figures flying through the air may remove that element of suspense when watching something truly happen. Either way, the results are breathtaking for the average movie-goer and they bring more elements to the story that could not have been done using a real person.

This reel is just a small piece of 900 visual effects shot by a crew of over 300 at ILM. A majority of these occur in the last half of the movie, when the story essential begins to really take shape. The clip involves the now famous helicarriers and landscapes of D.C. and Rosslyn, with some digital doubles of both Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). With a seemingly small budget for a summer blockbuster, 170 million, this movie grossed over 700 million worldwide. I can only wonder what percentage of that was spent to build the CG!

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[via Gizmodo]

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