Watch THE GREAT GATSBY Before and After VFX

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
When Jay Gatsby looked out from that dock he saw Daisy's green... screen. 

At least that's what the VFX reel of before and after shots from The Great Gatsby reveals -- that one hell of a lot of visual effects work went into the film, and even in places where I thought what I was seeing was more or less real.

At the end of June the VFX supervisor on the film, Chris Godfrey posted this reel on his Vimeo account, but without an embed code. I made an effort to contact him at the time to request he make it available to Twitch, but an enterprising fan has given us a shortcut by putting it on YouTube.

Here's what Godfrey said when he posted the video:

Baz has graciously agreed to let us release this 'before and afters' reel to show our peer group the VFX work completed on his film The Great Gatsby. While this specific reel was the work of Animal Logic (as my primary vendor), in total I worked with 7 vendors including Animal Logic, Rising Sun and Iloura in Australia, ILM in San Francisco and also Prime Focus and Method Vancouver. We also ran an amazing internal SWAT team that completed over 400 shots. Congratulations to all who did such fabulous work on almost 1500 shots.

Many thanks to Baz, CM, Catherine Knapman, Chris DeFaria and Mark Brown - and of course Prue Fletcher and Joyce Cox.

Check the video out below.
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  • Jonny Bunning

    Manborg did it better ; ) #JustSayin

  • darrenjh

    Makes one appreciate how good actors are. To act like you're in real world when there's nothing there but a camera and green screens. pretty awesome.

    Also, some of the shots actually looked better without the CGI. more natural.

  • arturo

    Give it a few years and we'll be able to do that on our iPhones....

  • Ard Vijn

    Wow.

  • Marcel Samson

    Is it me, or are there a LOT of those panoramic zoom in / out shots...?

  • Ard Vijn

    Well, that's Baz Luhrmann for you...

  • Marcel Samson

    I have to admit, I don't think I've seen many of his films.

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