LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 15: J. A. Bayona attends "The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power" Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere & Screening on August 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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The Rings Of Power Needed Non-Existent Camera Tech To Capture Its VFX Shots
Amazon’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is one of the best-looking shows on TV that features bright, beautiful scenery, pleasing CGI, and well-done practical effects. In an interview, director J.A. Bayona described the tools used to bring the world to life and how the film crew needed to create a new camera support rig for the show.
Motion control involves shooting the same shot multiple times with different objects or characters on the screen each time, which are then combined with special effects later. Bayona explained, “There is a lot of motion control shots, because we need to play with the scale, different scales between characters in the same shot.”
The director continued, “One of the things that I mentioned to the visual effects guys is that one of the things that I don’t like about the motion control shots is that they are so smooth, that they feel mechanic.” The visual effects team created a new type of camera support rig to capture the motion control shots without having the “rigid” appearance Bayona wanted to avoid.