Taking on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t like signing on to direct any old film. It’s a property that comes with an enormous fan base and, therefore, sky-high expectations and even while shooting it, director Jonathan Liebesman was well aware of it. Last June we got the chance to visit the film’s Wall Street set in New York City and Liebesman took a brief break to say hello and also note, “I’ve never had a film that people are so excited to see so long before, so I think it’s just challenging to do something that meets the expectations. Honestly, that’s hard.”
Fortunately, Liebesman’s got some quality talent backing him up including VFX supervisor Pablo Helman, the man responsible for leading the initiative to bring the Turtles back to the big screen in the most groundbreaking and realistic way possible. Hit the jump to find out what it took for Helman to take the Turtles from concept to design to set and beyond.