DEADPOOL CHANNELS BOND
The opening titles sequence for Deadpool 2 by Method Studios new York channels the famous Bond openers
Can you tell us how the opening titles for Deadpool 2 were conceived?
I had this idea to take Deadpool through all the visual tropes of a traditional James Bond-style sequence, but with a unique Wade Wilson twist. I created a set of style frames that visualised all the different kind of images and compositions that we could explore for a Bond-esque approach and we pitched it to production.
As it turns out director David Leitch and VFX supervisor Dan Glass loved the idea as much as we did.
Can you talk about how you went about planning out the sequence?
I started a rough animatic that basically communicated how the camera would move, what the character animation would involve and how to transition from one shot to the next.
How was the Deadpool CG asset sourced?
We received the base model and a reference turntable from one of the main VFX vendors on the film, which meant we had to create all the custom materials and shaders for Deadpool to work properly within our own CG pipeline. Some of the feedback we received was along the lines of ‘I can’t believe that’s not Ryan Reynolds in the suit!’ and ‘How did you shoot Deadpool doing all those different things?’ – the sequence is 100 per cent CG, folks!
In particular, how was that ‘shower of bullets’ shot done?
We posed the character and animated the dance move to match the iconic Flashdance reference. Once the animation was locked, we did a full dynamic particle simulation in Houdini of hundreds of bullet shells falling onto the body of Deadpool, onto the chair, and ultimately the floor. The volumetric spotlight and atmosphere were all created in the final 2D comp.
JOHN LIKENS -----------------------Creative director, Method StudiosNew York methodstudios.com