I don’t know if Warcraft will be a good movie, but the power of its CGI effects is undeniable. The folks at Industrial Light & Magic have done some next-level VFX work, especially where the orcs are concerned. As I mentioned in my ILM visit, the creative team put a premium on individualizing the orcs and making them more than just a “horde”. You can see that in these gorgeous side-by-side photos highlighting nine of the main characters. The level of detail is really a wonder to behold, and you have to love it when there are characters with names like “Grommash Hellscream.”
Check out the side-by-side images below along with a featurette on the visual effects. Warcraft opens June 10th.
Here’s the official synopsis:
From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.
So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production.
The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. Warcraft will be released by Universal Pictures.