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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Charles Xavier: Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn't mean they can't be saved.

Key Credits

  • RELEASED: 2014
  • STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
  • DIRECTOR: Bryan Singer
  • PRODUCERS: Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer
  • VFX SUPERVISOR: Richard Stammers
  • VFX PRODUCER: Blondel Aidoo
  • ANIMAL LOGIC VFX TEAM
  • VFX SUPERVISOR: Paul Butterworth


Animal Logic VFX is excited to have been a part of the latest, hugely successful X-men film.

X-men: Days of Future Past, follows Wolverine, as he is sent back in time to alter the course of history and thus forever changing the fate of both humans and mutants. Combining an interesting storyline and inspired VFX, X-men managed to achieve both critical and commercial success.

Animal Logic was involved in several shots throughout the film, including the scene with a young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) sewing a wound in his head while reading microfilm images from a makeshift projection system using his control of magnetism.

Artists had to ensure the levitating needle and thread behaved and interacted in an organic manner. One way of achieving this was to match up and integrate the needle being pulled through the back of Magneto’s head while also pulling a real piece of string on set to create realistic interaction with his hair.

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To create the makeshift projection system, we cleaned up the rigs to make the objects appear to be levitating in air. With the plates being shot in stereo, this involved removing the elements (glass jar, film canister, lamp etc) so that they could be placed back in a natural way as the director wanted. The team added a light beam effect as well as dust particles to further sell the projection.

The Animal Logic team also created Havok’s (Lucas Till) blast sequence in the military tent. The challenge here  was to find the right balance of atmospheric effects and more ‘solid’ effects elements. The concentric energy circles or “donuts”, (as the crew would call them) emanating from Havok had to travel in a way that showed speed and fluidity but also retain some “hardness” to suggest that the blast would pack a decent punch on impact.

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Animal Logic also worked on creating Mystique’s (Jennifer Lawrence) mutating cell structure. Microscope footage of cell activity was referenced but importantly, the cells had to mutate in such a way that emulated Mystique’s skin transformation process.

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Finally, our work would not have been complete without some holographic shots, creating Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) futuristic clock radio as well as Kitty Pride’s (Ellen Page) holographic projection during an Architecture class.

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