May 3, 2014

See How They Did Some of the Brutal Effects in 'Only God Forgives' in This VFX Breakdown

Think big-budget Hollywood films like the new Spiderman film are the only ones using tons of visual effects? Wrong! Even some of the smallest indie films can use mountains of CGI to do things that would either be dangerous or difficult to shoot more than once, or to enhance whatever on-set effect they were trying to pull off. In this fantastic VFX breakdown from Nordisk Film Shortcut (Martin Madsen was the VFX Supervisor), go behind the scenes of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives and see just some of the many visual effects that were necessary to pull off the final vision, including removing dolly track and adding all sorts of blood and bullet hole effects.

This is most certainly not for the squeamish, as there are plenty of blood effects and brutal sword cuts:

The removal of dolly track and replacing floors and walls is probably something you wouldn't expect in a movie that reportedly only cost about $5 million dollars, but they did a ton of it in the film. Plenty of low-budget films do lots of little effects, like removing telephone poles or getting rid of cars in the background, and this film was no different. Like with any film, the best effects are the ones you don't notice as being fake, and Only God Forgives has a ton that I would never have thought for a second were actually CGI.

This is Nordisk's VFX Showreel from 2013:

Here is the NSFW Red Band trailer for the film:

If you've seen the film, The Film Stage also shared their thoughts on the film. Here is that podcast:

Links:

[via The Film Stage]

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Beautifully presented.

May 3, 2014 at 11:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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love the breakdown of VFX.
TERRIBLE movie.

May 3, 2014 at 1:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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one of my favorite films.

May 3, 2014 at 5:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I really enjoyed this VFX breakdown for some reason. I think because it was little things and relatively smaller budget movie. Not a building collapsing or spaceship blowing up.

May 3, 2014 at 1:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Place Beyond the PInes was the best Ryan Gosling movie Nicolas Winding Refn never directed.

May 3, 2014 at 4:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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VinceGortho

agreed!!

May 3, 2014 at 10:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Thats's not a Refn film.Derek Cianfrance directed it.

May 4, 2014 at 10:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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that`s what he meant

May 5, 2014 at 10:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Rodrigo Prata

Cool, it's all very nicely executed. However, I really dislike how they shot for post. Half of this stuff could of been handled in-camera.

May 3, 2014 at 9:17PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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nate

Agree on some of that. The final stabilisation of the hand thrusting the sword could have been achieved by a rig holding something like a melon so when he thrust the sword it stuck in something real. Less expensive than all that post work.

May 3, 2014 at 11:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JPS

Please do not publish this kind of footage without passwords and warnings

May 4, 2014 at 4:51AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Roald Christesen

There was a warning.

May 4, 2014 at 7:43AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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FabDex

please man up.

May 4, 2014 at 6:41PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Beautiful film and cool vfx video

May 4, 2014 at 5:11AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Wow, I really wish I could watch these videos without being interrupted with pop up ads with sound!

May 6, 2014 at 8:53AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Chris