New X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Image Shows Simulcam in Action

     August 3, 2015


Filmmaker Bryan Singer has shared a new image from the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, and this one should be of particular interest to those fascinated by filmmaking technology. While the image does give us another look at Alexandra Shipp as Storm—in 1983 Cairo, no less—it also reveals a behind-the-scenes look at Singer using simulcam. This is the tech that James Cameron employed on Avatar to get a look at CG-created backgrounds and settings in real time as he shot performers on a soundstage, with the live-action performer integrated into the footage directly in camera. For this particular scene, we see Shipp on a stage with a fake rock, staring at a green screen. But on the monitor, we can see that in the film, she’ll be looking at Cairo from a distance.

Other directors take note: this is how you use social media to remain engaged with your fans. Singer has been steadily dropping neat behind-the-scenes looks at Apocalypse throughout production, and today’s photo offers a really cool peek at how a film of this scale is made.

Filming on Apocalypse is winding down, with just a few more weeks today before principal photography wraps, but hopefully Singer keeps sharing photos as post-production kicks up. Check out his latest Instagram below, along with a recent video from star Olivia Munn (who plays Psylocke) showing off some of her training and fight skills. X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.

#Storm watches over #1983 #Cairo via the magic of real time #simulcam @alexandrashipppp

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