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n o v e m b e r . d e c e m b e r 2 0 1 7 c g w 3 1 Thor vs. Hulk While both Korg and the all-CG fire demon Surtur were brought to life by Morrison's digital team, the fight between Hulk and Thor was technically impossible to stage as a real fight because of the physical discrepancy between Thor and Hulk. "Hulk's eight-foot-six," explains Morrison. "He's also about one and a half times the width of a normal human." So early on in pre-production, the crew needed to address how to stage this epic battle and make it feel realistic and not like it's over-animated. "[It has to] make you feel like every punch really lands and all the reactions are appropriate and genuine," says Morrison. "To do that, we cast a much shorter stunt dou- ble, who's actually four-foot-two, to mocap the role of Thor." Because you can't get some- body who's eight-foot-six, the group superim- posed a Hulk double who's about six-foot-six with the other shorter stunt double. "We were able to stage the entire fight using two people who have the correct height-di- mension relationship between them. We shot the entire fight from a mocap point of view. The plan then was to have Chris learn the Thor part of the fight," says Morrison. "We shot Chris on the arena bluescreen set behaving as if Hulk were there. We already had the mo- tion-capture data from the fight that we did in miniature, as it were, on the motion-capture volume. We re-targeted that and put Hulk on screen. And those two elements then dovetail. Now we have a realistic fight that couldn't have been staged in the real world but still happens on this gargantuan scale." Linda Romanello ( is the managing editor of Post, CGW's sister publication. November.December 2017, Volume 40, Issue 6: COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD (USPS 665-250) (ISSN-0271-4159) is published bi-monthly with special additional issues in Jan- uary and July resulting in 8 issues per year by COP Communications, Inc. Corporate offices: 620 West Elk Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204, Tel: 818-291-1100; FAX: 818-291-1190; Web Address: Periodicals Postage Paid at Glendale, CA, 91205 & additional mailing offices. COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD is distributed worldwide. Annual sub- scription prices are $72, USA; $98, Canada & Mexico; $150 International airfreight. To order subscriptions, call 847-559-7310. © 2017 CGW by COP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. No material may be reprinted without permission. Authorization to photocopy items for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by Computer Graphics World, ISSN-0271-4159, provided that the appropriate fee is paid directly to Copyright Clearance Center Inc., 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923 USA 508-750-8400. Prior to photocopying items for educational classroom use, please contact Copyright Clearance Center Inc., 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923 USA 508-750-8400. For further information check Copyright Clearance Center Inc. online at: The COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD fee code for users of the Transactional Reporting Services is 0271-4159/96 $1.00 + .35. POSTMASTER: Send change of address form to Computer Graphics World, P.O. Box 3296, Northbrook, IL 60065-3296. These are some of the exciting topics that will be covered in the January.February 2018 issue of Computer Graphics World magazine. ¢ DIGITAL WORLDS – Exploring the newest Star Wars universe. ¢ ANIMATION – Using the latest CG technology for feature animation. ¢ GAMING – Real-time tech takes center stage. ¢ CG ANIMALS – Creating realistic beasts for the big screen. ...AND MORE FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION CONTACT OUR SALES TEAM MARI KOHN, DIRECTOR OF SALES 818. 291.1153 | LISA NEELY, CORPORATE MARKETING & ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVE 818.660.5828 | WILLIAM R. RITTWAGE, PRESIDENT/CEO 818. 291.1111 | next issue See for more Thor: Ragnarok VFX stories

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