How They Created the Bear VFX for the Mauling of Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant’

ILM divulges its impressive character animation for the bear, which has been shortlisted for the VFX Oscar and nominated for an Annie.

While “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” enters the Academy’s VFX bake-off on Saturday as the obvious frontrunner, everyone wants to know how ILM did the harrowing bear attack in “The Revenant.” Here’s a behind the scenes glimpse from VFX production supervisor Richard McBride.

“What was interesting, thinking back to the early discussions with [director] Alejandro [González Iñárritu],” recalled McBride, “was how it was all about movement and planning and choreography, but always coming back to how an actual bear attack would unfold. And the other thing was getting into the mindset that this was not a monster: it’s in its natural habitat and just behaving as a normal animal would [a mother protecting her cubs]. Alejandro wanted the attack to be sudden and wanted us to feel close to the action and immersed in every detail,” added McBride, who was joined by animation supervisor Matt Shumway…

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