The Jungle Book has some of the most impressive CGI ever seen. While looking like they shot the whole film in a jungle, it was actually made mostly on a sound stage in Los Angeles.
The VFX brilliance was orchestrated by production VFX supervisor Rob Legato (“Hugo”) and executed by MPC and Weta Digital, to blur the lines between live-action and animation with live-actor Mowgli (Neel Sethi) as the centerpiece.
MPC, which did the bulk of the environments and character work under the supervision of Adam Valdez, created 54 species of animals and 224 unique animals with new computer programs to better simulate muscles, skin and fur. Additionally, the studio’s Bangalore facility did extensive research for the jungle before animating plants, trees, vines and rocks along with rushing rivers, mudslides and grasses blowing in the wind.
Animatrik also played a great role in bringing this virtual production to life by deploying 40 plus motion capture cameras to track the core cinema camera.