Arrival VFX Breakdown

Arrival VFX Breakdown

Making of Arrival VFX Breakdown By Oblique FX

Oblique Fx – An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether aliens who landed on earth are friendly or represent a threat.

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Produced by: 21 Laps Entertainment, Lava Bear Films
VFX Supervisor: Louis Morin

Matte Paintings & Virtual Environnements
Simulations & Special Effects
CG Integration
2D Compositing


Vfx Supervisor – Alexandre Lafortune
Vfx Executive Producer – Benoit Brière
Vfx Producer – Noémie Jacques, Sandra Germain
Vfx Coordinator – Jean-françois Lafleur, Sophie Martin
Vfx Technical Director – David Raymond, François Lord
Cg Supervisor – Guillaume Mainville
Tracking & Layout Artists – David Raymond, Thomas Chesny
Matte Painting Artists – Antoine Rouleau, Catherine Hébert
Modeling Artists – Mario Fraser, Marc-andré Poulin, Mathieu Beaudoin, Christopher Gonnord, Jean Oliver Esther
Textures Artists – Jessica Vallée, My Phong Nguyen
Rigging Artist – Josée Chapdelaine
Fx Artist – David Raymond
Animation Artist – Élaine Phaneuf
Lighting/shading Artists – Gabriel Morin, Frédéric Gagnon
Lead Compositing Artist – Louis-alexandre Lord
Compositing Artists – Marie-pier Couture Alain, Alban Kasikci, Michael Beaulac, Pierre-simon Lebrun-chaput
Roto Artists – Mathieu Tremblay, Randy Santandrea, Maxime Pearson, Louis-philippe Clavet, Valentin Delbroucq

Arrival Finale VFX Breakdown Framestore

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Enemy) tasked Framestore’s Montréal studio with reinventing the grand finale of his latest sci-fi film, Arrival, working on around 10 shots within what was a very tight schedule. Determined to showcase Framestore’s talents in FX, VFX Supervisor Ivan Moran took up the challenge and delivered spellbinding work.

Arrival  VFX Breakdown by Rodeo FX

Rodeo FX completed 60 visual effects shots for Arrival, the alien visitation movie from acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners, Enemy). Working once again with VFX supervisor Louis Morin, the studio helped create a gravity shift sequence, multiple aircrafts, and digi-doubles of actors.

Shot entirely in Quebec, Arrival is based on Ted Chiang’s novella Story of Your Life. It follows linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), and US Army Colonel GT Weber (Forest Whitaker) as they seek to discover the intentions of extraterrestrials that have landed on Earth. 

Rodeo FX, led by VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois, worked on CG aircraft exteriors and interiors, including fighter jets in flight, a helicopter taking off and landing, and a spaceship interior. The most technically challenging sequence has Banks and Donnelly entering the alien ship for the first time, through a tunnel in which gravity disappears, allowing them to walk vertically up the shaft. Rodeo FX created full digital doubles of the actors, including the challenging fabric texture of their orange hazmat suits. 


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