Vi­su­als con­tinue to challenge, re­ward

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - ENTERTAINMENT - Stu­art Derdeyn, Na­tional Post

Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia 3: Sum­mer Va­ca­tion, the third in­stal­ment of the series that be­gan in 2012, brings back all the favourite char­ac­ters and puts them on an ocean cruise. Nat­u­rally, things don’t go swimmingly.

Be­sides hav­ing Count Drac­ula (Adam San­dler), Mavis Drac­ula (Se­lena Gomez), Jonathan “Johnny” Loughran (Andy Sam­berg) and the full cast of sup­port­ing mon­sters on board, the film in­tro­duces Ericka Van Hels­ing (Kathryn Hahn), Van Hels­ing (Jim Gaf­fi­gan), Crys­tal (Chrissy Teigen) and The Kraken (Joe Jonas).

From the fa­mil­iar con­fines of the moun­tain­top name­sake ho­tel to the open oceans and points be­yond, the movie marks an­other ma­jor fea­ture to be com­pleted out of the busy Van­cou­ver-based Sony Pictures Image­works.

“I worked on the first one seven years ago and I’m re­ally ex­cited to have this one come out,” says vis­ual ef­fects (VFX) su­per­vi­sor Michael Ford.

For in­stance, putting the char­ac­ters on a cruise ship means there’s water. An­i­ma­tors don’t like water.

“You have to put the water through a water sim­u­la­tion soft­ware — which ac­tu­ally does math­e­mat­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions to get you a re­ac­tion ap­pro­pri­ate to that of real water,” Ford says.

“Any­thing that you see, from smoke, water or any­thing that moves in ev­ery frame, in­volves VFX,” says Ford. “In to­tal, about 75 per cent of this film in­volves ef­fects. That’s a lot of work, no pun in­tended, to float the boat.”

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