Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics Character of the same name.
The movie revolves around Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, a thin, sickly and scrawny young man who tries to enlist for the army, but is consistently rejected due to his frail appearance. Rogers determination is rewarded, when he is selected for a Top Secret ‘Super Soldier’ Project, where he is transformed into Captain America.
Rogers must now save the world by stopping Red Skull, the villain who is plotting world domination by using an artefact called the ‘Tesseract’ as an energy source.
The movie’s animation and VFX impressed everyone. Skinny Steve Rogers was thought to be the result of head replacement, when in fact, it wasn’t. It was a combination of Visual Effects techniques, and was headed by Lola Visual Effects. The skinny Steve was a result of mesh warping and a bit of 2D manipulation. Shadows were added on his clothes, healthy skin beneath his chin were removed digitally and his eyes needed to appear more sunken in. Ultimately, 2D compositing, body double reference and some CG work produced a very tiny, gaunt Steve Rogers.
The movie made use of wide lenses, they pushed in on objects to appear closer to things.
In the scene where Rogers chases a HYDRA spy through the streets of Brooklyn bare feet, he was made to wear skin coloured rubber boots which were replaced onscreen with Computer Generated feet.
As the movie progresses, we learn more about the Red Skull and his ultimate plan which is when Captain America breaks into the HYDRA factory. The factory was entirely CG, and as the building is destroyed in the end, many of the explosions were practical elements mixed with digital fire and CG explosions.
Red Skull’s face revealed an actual Red face with a skull like structure. In reality, his nose was painted black, in order to create a CG cavity. Once they scanned his face and a steady track, they also thinned his lips, brought his cheeks in and squared up his jaw to resemble a skull.
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