Our VFX Supervisor Otto Thorbjørnsen and Compositing Supervisor Theodor Groeneboom from Framestore in London, will be discussing the craft and work on Guardians of the Galaxy in a three hour Masterclass entitled: Talking Racoons and Alien Worlds. Bringing life to the Marvel Universe. The event is arranged by Digital Storytelling and will be held at Westerdals School of Arts, Communication and Technology on Saturday, November 22nd.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It has become a critical and financial success, having grossed over $654 million worldwide. The film is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Framestore created one of the heroes, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and animated both Rocket and his walking CG tree companion, Groot (Vin Diesel), in the middle act of the movie that spanned more than 40 minutes and 633 final shots. Framestore also created Knowhere – a giant mined out skull that housed an entire city – the most complicated environment Framestore had ever built. Otto´s work on the movie comprised of look development and compositing over a time period of six months alongside Theodor.
Theodor has spent the past 13 years creating visual effects for commercials, broadcast television and feature films. For the last 5 years he has been with Framestore in London working on films such as Avatar, Gravity and Guardians of the Galaxy. His post production work on Gravity earned him a Visual Effects Society award for “Outstanding Compositing In A Motion Picture Feature” at the 12th Annual VES awards in Los Angeles. As well as an Oscar for Best Visual Effects given to the Framestore Gravity team. He’s currently working as a compositing supervisor on an upcoming Marvel movie.
Otto started his VFX career at Storm Studios in 2005 and has since worked on 36 feature films, short films and TVseries. In addition he has worked on numerous commercials. He has received several awards and nominations for his work as VFX Supervisor and he is member of The Visual Effects Society (VES), a global professional honorary society for VFX professionals.
From 2012 to 2014 Otto lived in London and Melbourne. Guardians of the Galaxy was the seventh international blockbuster Otto worked on while residing abroad. Other productions he contributed to includes “Best Visual Effects” Academy Award winner Gravity, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and the remake of RoboCop.
We are honoured to have welcomed Otto back to Storm Studios this autumn where he has joined our team as VFX Supervisor and Senior Compositor.
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Image courtesy of Framestore FCF and Marvel Studios.