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