Encore Magazine recently featured Australia’s contribution to Thor outside of Chris Hemsworth’s leading title role. Director Kenneth Branagh selected several VFX vendors including Australia’s FuelVFX. Fuel VFX was involved in the initial test phase of Thor in early 2009, and subsequently worked on Iron Man 2, another Marvel Studios project.
“Fuel were particularly adventurous in some of the work; they helped us conceptualise strange morphings and travels through space; the kind of very particular fantastical challenges that are in this movie. They’ve been producing excellent work,” said Branagh. “We had a terrific Australian VFX producer, Diana Giorgiutti (Australia, the Matrix trilogy, Babe); the Australian end of things worked wonderfully well and we had a very personal connection with that side of things.”
FuelVFX’s Jason bath spoke to Encore Magazine; “The great thing about working with Marvel is that they have confidence in Fuel’s ability to do lots of different types of visual effects, and they are happy to give us opportunities on a variety of work,” explained Bath. “As with any client it’s not just about doing good work but about building trust – that you can handle complicated problems without handholding; interpret the clients brief properly; workshop problems collaboratively; and of course, that you’re cost competitive. We enjoy building these relationships with our clients, and Marvel like to get to know their vendors, so we are a good fit.”
Fuel VFX worked on some of the Bifröst shots. The Bifröst – the rainbow bridge used to travel between worlds – was interpreted in Thor as a wormhole that traverses the universe. Other sequences included Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) chamber, which features an energy field that the King of Asgard sleeps beneath.
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