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Madame Web

Digital Domain Sparks Fireworks in the Third Act of “Madame Web”

The artists recreated the entire environment, bringing New York City to Boston for “Madame Web

LOS ANGELES — April 10, 2024 — Sony Pictures and Digital Domain collaborated on the visual effects for Madame Web. Digital Domain's impressive visual effects were evident throughout the movie, but their greatest achievement was showcased in the third act. The scene featured Cassandra Webb along with Julia Cornwall , Mattie Franklin , and Anya Corazon on a mission to stop the villainous Ezekiel Sims after a series of ominous premonitions tied their fates together.

The Warehouse

In the film, Ezekiel has a premonition that shows his fate is met at the hands of the young women, and he makes it his mission to stop them before they acquire their powers. This leads the entire group on an action-packed journey, ending at an abandoned warehouse. To trap Ezekiel, the young women enter the warehouse and devise a plan to set off fireworks. This is where the team at Digital Domain stepped in. For this particular scene, the FX team was called on to create explosions and fire throughout the building as multiple fireworks erupt behind the soon-to-be superheroes as Ezekiel tries to attack them.

The Rooftop

The fight against Ezekiel commences on the rooftop of the abandoned warehouse. Shot on a small set in Boston surrounded by bluescreen, the artists at Digital Domain built the rooftop as an entire CG environment, extending the entire area and adding several FX works from fireworks to explosions. The Pepsi sign, which exists in New York, was also rebuilt digitally by the team at Digital Domain. To enhance the tension and excitement within the scene, production called on our post-visualization team to assist in developing the environment and FX throughout the sequence and establish how much smoke and fire would be needed, as well as the timing.

Additionally, Digital Domain played a significant role in creating some of the most important scenes in the movie besides the warehouse confrontation. They were responsible for the helicopter explosion and the terrifying nightmare sequence that takes place in the middle of skyscrapers. Although only a few shots were filmed on location, the team paid great attention to detail. They recreated iconic locations such as Grand Central Station, adding depth and authenticity to every frame, digitally building the trains, subway platforms, windows, and environment extensions.

The Digital Domain team completed almost 500 shots across locations in Los Angeles, Canada, and Hyderabad and contributed 15 sequences for the film.

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About Digital Domain

Digital Domain is a renowned company in the entertainment industry that creates captivating visual experiences. With over 30 years of experience, Digital Domain has become a global leader in visual effects. Digital Domain has impacted hundreds of feature films, advertisements, game cinematics, and the development of digital personalities by creating virtual humans and innovative visualizations.

Known for constantly pushing the limits of technology while incorporating exceptional artistry into every project, Digital Domain has an impressive portfolio, including award-winning blockbuster hits like Titanic, What Dreams May Come, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Digital Domain has been a significant contributor to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has impacted the cultural landscape, playing a crucial role in the success of franchises such as the Avengers and the widely popular TV series Stranger Things, captivating audiences worldwide with its fourth season.

Digital Domain stands as a trailblazer, achieving the remarkable distinction of being the first independent visual effects studio. Since 2016, the company has charted a pioneering course into the realms of virtual reality technology and artificial intelligence, revolutionizing the creation of emotionally expressive and photorealistic virtual humans in real-time.

Digital Domain Holdings Limited is a company that is listed under code 547 on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The company has a global presence, with offices in prominent hubs such as Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, Luxembourg, Hyderabad, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. Digital Domain is dedicated to constantly evolving, innovating, and striving to be a leader in creating extraordinary visual effects.

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