Industrial Light & Magic, 2010
VFX Supervisor: John Knoll

An epic shot that has seconds to convey the majesty and scale of a drop from the upper atmosphere though an incredible cloud bank to settle on a rolling landscape of clouds and mountains... This shot was accomplished almost entirely with cards and shaped 3d layers, hundreds of them. The shot was stereo and it was important that each layer be in the correct spatial position in order to get the proper sense of depth and scale, all of which was worked out in Maya using geometry to block in and lay out the shapes & depths of the clouds.