Trapped on the bizarre planet of Sakaar and stripped of his almighty hammer, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a gladiatorial battle against former ally The Hulk. Out of his depth and up against insurmountable odds, Thor must challenge the villainous Hela to save his beloved Asgard and prevent a cataclysmic apocalypse.
Although we had an incredibly tight schedule on this one (barely 8 weeks from plates’ ingestion to final delivery), our valiant team of 65 artists was able to deliver nearly 55 shots thanks to strong leadership, camaraderie, elbow grease, and “Beer at night. Lots of it.” (–Alessandro Cioffi for Art of VFX).
Among other challenges, our team was brought into Thor: Ragnarok quite late in the production schedule, meaning we were tasked with trying to blend in seamlessly with the aesthetics of the film and quickly absorb work that had been done by other VFX vendors. However, we do love creating an immersive creepy mystique, so conceptualizing The Crypt and spookifying Hela’s hair were enjoyable to the very last second.