Marvel’s Daredevil was a gritty and violent look at Matt Murdock’s life in Hell’s Kitchen, and a big part of the show’s success was how visceral it all appeared. Fights were presented realistically, shots complemented the emotion, and the showrunners didn’t seem afraid to stick with a darker tone, which is something that has been missing from Marvel’s cinematic universe.
Shade VFX on Wednesday released an informative 6-minute video highlighting how the agency helped support the story being told onscreen with the use of CG. There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not CG does or doesn’t ruin a film, with a recent video arguing that studios use the technology to elevate movies to new heights. Even Mad Max: Fury Road, which is famous for using practical effects, relied on CG to tell its story.
After watching Shade VFX’s video, your stance on the use of CG in films might change for good.
Bryan Godwin, CEO and executive VFX supervisor at Shade VFX, explained that his company’s specialty is on “supporting visual effects,” which are designed to support a filmmaker’s story. Supporting visual effects are often really complicated, Godwin explains, from replicating crowds to creating CG humans as digital stunt doubles. “If done well, you’ll never know that it happened,” Godwin says.
In all, there were over 1,000 visual effects created for the show, many of which you probably didn’t even notice. Like, for example, that scene with the red ninja, which is one of the best fight scenes in the whole series.