Sydney based visual effects studio Fuel VFX are proud to be the only Australian effects studio to work on the Marvel blockbuster, Iron Man 2.
In total, Fuel VFX created 130 varied shots for the film, including the action sequence involving Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) taking down the bad guys at Hammer Industries, and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) slashing through his workshop with a home-made particle accelerator.
Both of these sequences involved some design work, including a new CG base for Stark’s workshop robots and some gadget weaponry for Black Widow. Director Jon Favreau liked what he saw in the early work submitted by Fuel, which led to them being asked to redesign the Stark Jet and two new versions of the ‘RT units’ – the power sources that sit inside the chest of Tony Stark and Iron Man.
Some of Fuel’s toughest work involved creating the electric whip effects in the opening scene of the movie featuring Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) in his Moscow apartment, and replacing his incomplete practical costume – a complex mechanical exoskeleton – with a CG version.
The whip effects featured a hot core of energy running along the whips, with secondary electrical effects branching off in all directions like lightning. Smoke and spark elements were also part of the look, along with a stream of blue ionised air that trails behind the whip when it’s thrown. This work needed to match the effects already in production by London effects company Double Negative.
Other work produced by Fuel VFX for the film included the Stark Jet interiors, CG snow in the Moscow plates, translite enhancements in Stark’s mansion, and CG suit fixes to War Machine.