En­chanted Man­del­bulbs

Sony Pic­tures im­age­works re­searched mag­i­cal man­del­bulbs for key Scenes in Sui­cide Squad

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there’s a mo­ment in Sui­cide Squad when the En­chantress (cara Delev­ingne) builds a ‘frac­tal en­gine’ with her new­found pow­ers. Above her, mas­sive pieces of Man­del­bulb grow and form and ro­tate above. that was made pos­si­ble thanks to ef­fects sim­u­la­tions from Sony Pic­tures Im­age­works.

the frac­tals look came out of dis­cus­sions on set, af­ter early con­cept art and ref­er­ence in­cluded di­verse geo­met­ric pat­terns. Im­age­works turned to Hou­dini for the gen­er­a­tion of the Man­del­bulb forms.

Vis­ual ef­fects su­per­vi­sor Mark break­s­pear says plug­ging in the right maths into Hou­dini was not the trick­i­est part of this work. In­stead, he re­calls, “the thing that slowed us down for a time was re­ori­ent­ing our logic on how we con­trol or an­i­mate them. We had to learn that Man­del­bulbs are cre­ated us­ing ‘power,’ and that they an­i­mate in very pre­cise math­e­mat­i­cal ways not nor­mally de­scribed by usual VFX ter­mi­nol­ogy. once we had mas­tered that it was pretty straight­for­ward us­ing them in the shots.”

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