Thursday, May 19, 2011

Interview: Bill George Talks 'I Am Number Four's Visual Effects

Read Shockya's interview with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) visual effects supervisor Bill George, who oversaw the creation of the special effects in this year’s Touchstone Pictures sci-fi action film ‘I Am Number Four.’ The movie is set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download three-disc combo pack, on May 24, 2011. George discusses with us, among other things, what his favorite scene in ‘I Am Number Four’ was, and how closely he worked with the movie’s director, D.J. Caruso.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Question (Q): How do you decide which movie you are going to work on?

Bill George (BG): Our executive staff reads a script and assigns a supervisor to it who they think is best suited for the project. Many times a studio that has worked with a specific supervisor in the past will request him or her.

Q: If you had to pick one one scene that you liked the best that you worked on for ‘I Am Number Four,’ what would it be?

BG: I really was happy with the destruction of the Mog commander. You can see in the special features section of the Blu-ray “Becoming Number 6″ how little was shot and what was added. We shot practical explosions and sparks and bombs and there is nothing more fun than blowing stuff up! When we work on our shots we don’t have the final sound effects that are added right at the end and the sound design for that sequence was rockin’!

Q: There are tons of sci-fi movies out there. What did you try to put into ‘I Am Number Four’ that would separate it from all other alien films?

BG: Cute teenagers in love!

Q: How closely did you work with D.J. Caruso?

BG: On set, the ILM team met with him every day. We kept him updated on the construction of Bernie and the Piken and I would discuss with him his plan for any of the plates we were shooting. Early on in post (production), we would travel down to LA for creative meetings, and later at the end when things were super crazy, we had video reviews. Early on I told D.J. to think of Steve (the animation director) and I as the Piken. Give us direction the way you would an actor and we’ll give you a performance. D.J. directed every performance from the Piken and Bernie and he seemed to be having a blast doing it.

To read the rest of this interview, please click here.

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