GOTG 3 VFX Production Supervisor Talks Rocket Flashbacks

Stephane Ceretti, visual effects production supervisor on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, has spoken about creating Rocket’s flashback sequences in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel.

In an interview with ComingSoon, Ceretti recalled working on the intense scenes that show Rocket’s past alongside his animal friends. He noted that he and director James Gunn did the flashback scenes early on during the production using the actors who would voice each of the animals.

“We wanted to capture that as soon as possible. So we got the four actors — we had Sean Gun, we had Linda Cardellini playing Lylla, Asim [Chaudhry] was playing Teefs, then Mikaela [Hoover] was playing Floor,” Ceretti noted. “And we just put them in that oversized cage, which was the right proportions for them. We shot them acting for the first two days. I said to James, “This is the acting we’re going to use, so it needs to be you directing them, the camera doing the thing you want it to do.” We motion-captured the camera. So the motion of the camera was motion-captured … We don’t do motion captures for Rocket, for example. We animate. It’s hand-animated by the people at Framestore in London that have worked on this sequence.

“We just really took our time, and that’s why we wanted to shoot that first, because we knew that would be very complicated. And as you said, that’s the core of the film. If that doesn’t work, nothing works. So we had to be very, very specific about everything. And James is amazing with visual effects. He plans, everything. He is very on top of everything. We can talk to him all the time. If we have questions, he’s there. We have meetings with the vendors and him and me and everybody, and we all work together and to get all that emotion out of every single moment, and that was great.”

Who work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

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.