Q: How much of the tiger in Life of Pi was real? —James D., Fall River, Mass.
A: Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger that accompanies Pi on his oceanic journey, is mostly a result of CG wizardry. “He was 85 percent digital and 15 percent real,” says visual effects supervisor (and Oscar nominee) Bill Westenhofer. “The digital character took about a year to build and featured 10 million computerized hairs. We used complicated simulations to mimic the look and movements of the four real tigers that were used in the film. Of the 170 tiger shots in the movie, only 23 were real.”
The tiger Richard Parker in Pi