Cartoon Brew | X-Men: Apocalypse

Posted June 01, 2016
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How They Made That ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Scene Everyone Is Talking About

If there’s one thing in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse that’s got everybody talking, it’s the mansion rescue sequence that showcases the powers of supersonic mutant, Peter Maximoff (aka Quicksilver) played by Evan Peters.

Already a hit from Days of Future Past, Quicksilver returns in slow- and fast-motion to save scores of students from a deadly blast, all while he is listening to Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics. Every little detail of the explosion is visible to the audience, thanks to Adelaide, Australia-based visual effects studio Rising Sun Pictures. Here’s how they pulled it off...

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With these references in mind, Rising Sun developed pyro simulations using Side Effects Software’s Houdini. One might think that these would be incredibly complicated and time-consuming to render. But since the real-time version of the explosions only happened over 8-12 frames, that’s exactly how long the simulations were orchestrated to be.

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