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GOTG 3 VFX Production Supervisor Talks Being ‘In Sync’ With James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s visual effects production supervisor,  Stephane Ceretti, has gone into detail about how he’d work closely with director James Gunn.

What did Stephane Ceretti say working with James Gunn was like?

While speaking with ComingSoon, Ceretti spoke about how much he enjoyed working with James Gunn and shared that Gunn would joke about knowing visual effects information due to his work on the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo movie.

“Well, he was already very savvy on the first one, in terms of visual effects, because he had done … he always tells me, ‘I’ve done Scooby-Doo, so I know how that works.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, of course.’ But he does! I mean, he’s really good,” Ceretti explained. “He always looks at me, and I literally sit next to him throughout the shoot, right? There’s James in front of the monitor and I’m right behind him. We talk all the time. There’s so many visual effects all the time, so that we need to be in sync. Coming back after almost 10 years … it was great, because I could see how it had evolved in terms of shooting with the actors, in terms of the way he does the camera — it moves much faster, much more organic, the way it’s being shot.

“But also the way kind of interacts with the actors during the takes. Like, he goes in, he gives them suggestion and it’s very efficient. He is such an efficient filmmaker. He’s very prepared. He storyboards every single shot in the film. Now he knows how to use previs even better. He knows what he needs, what he doesn’t need from previs. He is very specific about that. As a filmmaker, he is much more … it was already really good, but now, he’s very at ease on the shoot. Things go fast, you know? We’ve got it sorted out. A lot of people around him are the same as they’ve been for a while, so we work very well together and it’s a well-oiled machine.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was once again written and directed by James Gunn. MCU vets Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Sean Gunn, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel returned to reprise their respective roles as Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Kraglin, Nebula, Mantis, Rocket, and Groot, while Maria Bakalova returned as Cosmo the Spacedog. The sequel also featured the introduction of franchise newcomers Will Poulter and Chukwudi Iwuji, who portray the roles of Adam Warlock and High Evolutionary.