THE LAST SAMURAI


FLASH FILM WORKS worked on the Tom Cruise epic, THE LAST SAMURAI, directed by Ed Zwick. We performed a couple hundred effects shots on the film, working once again for visual effects supervisor Jeffrey Okun.


   On the film we created several matte painting shots of Yokohama Harbor and downtown period Tokyo.  Their were also several shots where we were taking the armies and duplicating them to create the illusion of huge armies clashing. Additional sequences included creating 3D arrows for a major battle sequence, creating 3D soldiers and horses for the ending battle, and also performing some face replacements on the stunt people to make it appear as though the actors were doing their own stunts.

FLASH FILM WORKS won a Visual Effects Society Award for "Best Supporting Visual Effects" for its work on "The Last Samurai."

In this shot above, we took the location plate of Tom Cruise in front of  a blue screen and added Yokohama harbor behind him. The harbor was created using 3D water and buildings. The mountains and sky were from still photographs. We also shot some of our crew against a green screen and comped them in walking along on the docks. If you look carefully you can even see a villager getting their head chopped off back on the docks. For this master establishing shot of the boat entering the harbor, we created the paddle wheel boat in Lightwave, as well as the background boats and most of the water.. We did use some water elements shot in HD Video as well as some HD land masses.. Most of the background mountains and sky are pieced together from still photographs and 3D elements.