Aquaman VFX Breakdown By Digital Domain

Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the sixth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

The film was directed by James Wan, from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall and stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ludi Lin, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles.

In the film, Aquaman sets out to lead the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, replacing his half-brother, King Orm, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.

Aquaman premiered in London on November 26, 2018, and was released in the United States on December 21.

It grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing DCEU film, the highest-grossing film based on a DC Comics character (surpassing 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises),

the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018, and 20th highest of all-time at the time. The critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the film “delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun”. 

A sequel, Aquaman 2, is set for release on December 16, 2022, and a spin-off, The Trench, is in development.

Digital Domain’s artists were tasked to create this particularly complex sequence for “Aquaman.” Led by VFX Supervisor Jay Barton, Digital Domain artists built the entire Dead King’s Island environment for the heartfelt reunion sequence where Aquaman and his mother finally meet.

VFX Done By

Digital Domain VFX Supervisor: Jay Barton
Rodeo FX VFX Supervisor: Philippe Soeiro
Weta Digital VFX Supervisor: Dan Macarin
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Industrial Light & Magic VFX Supervisor: Philippe Rebours
MPC VFX Supervisor: Darren Poe
Method Studios VFX Supervisor: David Nelson
Scanline VFX VFX Supervisors: Bryan Hirota, Roland Langschwert & Harry Mukhopadhyay
Production VFX Supervisors are Charles Gibson and Kelvin McIlwain

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