Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Wolf Pack Special Effects in Breaking Dawn CGI!
Breaking Dawn brings larger-than-life wolves to the big-screen, and here’s a peek at the movie magic that made the wolf pack a reality.
Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon asked Tippett Studios to bring this difficult sequence from script to screen.
“The lumberyard sequence was great,” recalled visual effects supervisor Eric Leven. “It was first time in any of these movies that it was just the wolves in wolf form doing their wolf thing.”
As we know, the wolves communicate telepathically, but in order to create this scene they took a dialogue-based approach. Lead animator Hans Brekke explained that “we got into a recording room and assigned roles, Then we took the dialogue track and started designing shots, which were loosely based on a storyboard sequence.”
Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob Black and serves as the main voice of the pack for the showdown, needed to stay front and center, so a rough 3D rendering was created to visualize how the sequence would ultimately play out.
The scene was filmed over three days in a lumberyard with cardboard cutouts to represent the placement of the rendered wolves. Once the animation began, Tippett took great care so details like the texture of the fur and positioning of ears for each wolf told a story on their own.
Check out the video above for an interesting interview about the process!