We're so numb to visual effects these days that unless something flies out of the screen and literally slaps us across the face while we're stuffing our mouth full of popcorn, we just take for granted all the ridiculously hard work that goes into piecing together a movie like, say, The Great Gatsby. Chris Godfrey, the VFX supervisor on Baz Lurhmann's glitzy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel, recently posted this before-and-after video showcasing just some of the visual effects work that was done on the movie. How much of 1920s New York (and Long Island) was real and how much of it was fake?
Well, for starters, the visual effects team (which included seven different vendors) worked on almost 1500 shots in the film, to give you an idea of how much background was not actually there. Unfortunately the video is not embeddable, but you can see an example below and watch the entire thing on Vimeo. Yeah, it may just blow your mind a little bit. [via First Showing, via The Film Stage]