A new VFX breakdown video for The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special has been released. Alexis Wajsbrot led Framestore’s teams across London, Montreal, Vancouver, and Mumbai to deliver 271 shots for the Disney+ special presentation, primarily in the Guardians’ home planet, Knowhere.
Speaking with HEYUGUYS, VFX supervisor Alexis Wajsbrot noted that the visual effects only required performative cues, because the dog expressed herself through speakers built in her suit.
She’s a photoreal dog, but is able to talk via speakers in her space suit. This means that while there’s a need for facial expressions and performative cues that reflect the speech, we don’t need her to move her jaw in order to ‘talk’, which helps the audience maintain the belief that this is a real dog.VFX Supervisor Alexis Wajsbrot
You can watch the entire VFX breakdown by Framestore below:
The video features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Sean Gunn as Rocket Racoon, Maria Bakalova as Cosmo the Space Dog, James Gunn providing motion capture for Groot and much more.
He’s an older teen now so he’s been hitting the gym, that’s for sure, director James Gunn referred to him as Swoll Groot, in reference to his broader physique.VFX Supervisor Alexis Wajsbrot
The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special is now streaming on Disney+. You can read our review of the special here.