Friday, June 02, 2006

Creating Saint-Sulpice in Da Vinci Code, much more than smoke and mirrors

They say the imagination has no boundaries of what it can or can't create. The Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard wanted to film a night scene in the Saint-Sulpice church, but the Catholic Church, which has denounced the book of the same name, on which the movie is based, refused to allow the film crew to shoot any scenes inside the famous Parisian church. Furthermore, the church is not open at night. To the creative imaginations of the people at Rainmaker Animation and Visual Effects, the problem of how to shoot the scene without maiming, bribery or actually being there was solved. Pivotal to this solution was a green screen set and digital compositing, but it doesn't end there. [More]


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