Check Out This Breathtaking Before and After Look at ‘Aquaman’s Visual Effects (VIDEO)

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brian-mcgee - January 8, 2019


When Aquaman wasn't among the shortlisted films for this year's Visual Effects Oscar, director James Wan rightly went into a tizzy about it saying the following in a post to the film's VFX supervisor...

Wan voiced his criticism in a response to praise from visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain. “You and your department are the unsung heroes of this film," Wan wrote. “The fact that your VFX peers in the Academy aren’t recognizing or appreciating what we/you’ve all contributed to the film and cinema is a fucking disgrace.” [via ComicBookResources]

If you've seen the film—and based on its box office take so far, chances are good you have—you'll know that this is indeed a disgrace as the film is like 90% visual effects. This VFX reel shows off just how much they did digitally, even in scenes where you probably didn't notice it, like young Arthur's trip to the aquarium, which was almost 100% VFX shots.

Aquaman may not be a great movie and it may indeed prove to be dumber than a bag of hammers when I finally get around to conducting that experiment, but god damned was it a fun movie. I had a blast watching it and much of that is thanks to the visual effects wizards who made everything look relatively seamless.

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