The Daily has a great look behind-the-scenes of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
– Part 1 with the wolf pack and the special effects wizards who created them. In particular, we get to see a little more into the sequence where the wolves have a conversation entirely among themselves in the lumberyard regarding Bella and her unborn child. Check out the video below:
“The lumberyard sequence was great,” recalled visual effects supervisor Eric Leven
. “It was first time in any of these movies that it was just the wolves in wolf form doing their wolf thing.”
Although the wolves communicate telepathically, the sequence remained dialogue-driven.
“We got into a recording room and assigned roles,” said lead animator Hans Brekke
. “Then we took the dialogue track and started designing shots, which were loosely based on a storyboard sequence.”
Animators produced a computer-generated pre-visualization of all the lumberyard shots, ensuring that the “speaking” wolf (played by Ab Roller champion Taylor Lautner
), would remain in the center of frame.
Armed with the previs, the filmmakers shot the scene over three days, on a lumberyard set complete with giant logs that had to be craned in. Carboard cutouts stood in for the wolves.
Back at Tippett Studio
, visual effects artists used an in-house grooming tool called a Furator to create the wolves’ realistic coats and refined the animation to match the voices of the real actors.
The artists also ensured that small details, like the ears, helped demonstrate the hierarchal relationship between the different members of the wolf pack.
“It’s a very alpha thing to do, to push [the ears] forward,” said Brekke.
See the full story at The Daily here.