The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Directed by: David Fincher
OverviewThe story of a man born old who ages backward, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button posed significant production challenges for a live action feature. Director David Fincher approached Digital Domain with a vision and the company responded with pioneering work that was recognized with an Academy Award® for VFX supervisor Eric Barba and character supervisor Steve Preeg. Fincher challenged Barba and the Digital Domain team to achieve what was considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of visual effects: Create a completely believable computer generated human being. Specifically, create and maintain a physically and emotionally authentic CG head and face that carries the performance of iconic actor Brad Pitt as he ages backwards from 87 to 63 (physically) while maturing emotionally. Digital Domain created and integrated CG heads with three different body actors, and drove the character’s every move with Pitt’s performance and facial expressions to deliver a seamless performance for 52 minutes of the movie, over 325 shots, while the character interacts with live actors in extreme closeup, naked, and in other demanding situations. The sheer number of individual systems and elements that needed to be developed and integrated to create a believable character — hair, skin, eyes, overall animation, lighting, compositing and tracking — was a massive undertaking. Digital Domain’s work also encompassed on-set supervision for all visual effects work, along with pre-vis, compositing and matte painting work on a number of sequences throughout the film. Visit http://www.benjaminbuttonfx.com/ for even more behind-the-scenes material.
Studio: Paramount Pictures / Warner Bros.
2008Academy AwardAchievement in Visual Effects, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2008VES AwardOutstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2008BAFTA AwardAchievement in Special Visual Effects, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2008VES AwardOutstanding Animated Character - Live Action Film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2008VES AwardOutstanding VFX in a VFX Driven Motion Picture, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2008VES AwardBest Single Visual Effect of the Year, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button