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Watch: 4-Minute VFX Reel For 'The Great Gatsby' Goes Behind The Glitter

The Playlist By Cain Rodriguez | The Playlist June 27, 2013 at 9:16AM

Every summer movie season is always busy with movies vying for the attentions of moviegoers but this year seems especially hectic. Baz Luhrmann’s gaudy adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” for example, feels like it came out ages ago even though it was only released last month. And enough time has passed that the VFX supervisor was able to post a reel showing the evolution of visual effects and how the “Great Gatsby” team brought 1920s New York to life.
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The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio

Every summer movie season is always busy with movies vying for the attentions of moviegoers but this year seems especially hectic. Baz Luhrmann’s gaudy adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” for example, feels like it came out ages ago even though it was only released last month. Either way, enough time has passed that the VFX supervisor was able to post a reel showing the evolution of visual effects and how the “Great Gatsby” team brought 1920s New York to life.

Last week Chris Godfrey, the VFX supervisor posted a “before and afters” reel to his Vimeo account that shows a fraction of the nearly 1,500 visual effects shots in the film. Even if you’re not a fan of the film it’s still well worth a look to see the transformation from the plates to the finished product. It’s pretty crazy and reminds us of a similar featurette that was released after David Fincher’s ode-to-obsession “Zodiac” hit theaters in 2007, although in that instance it was San Francisco of the 70s being brought back.

Check out the Lana Del Rey-scored “Gatsby” reel below along with the one for “Zodiac” and check out “The Great Gatsby” at a dollar theater near you.


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