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The Special Effects in Ghost Rider

Published December 15, 2006 in Movie Clips
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
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When the first clips leaked for Ghost Rider oh so long ago our first impression was that this film looked hurried and would most likely come out somewhere near the likes of Daredevil. To be blunt, not too good at all. Columbia Pictures kept promising us that what we have seen are not actually the finished goods but only footage that gave us an 'idea' of what the film would look like that.

Fortunately, by the time of the release of the trailer many of the effects had been improved upon (putting it lightly) and the film now looks like a top notch comicbook adaptation.

Since the film will rely on heavy special effects, Columbia Pictures figured that latest video journal should be all about the subject.


Movie Clip: Ghost Rider Special Effects


What is the biggest challenge for CG special effects? Fire! Unfortunately for the special effects crew, it just so happens that CG fire had to be used all over this film. To make audiences believe that the fire is real, the Ghost Rider crew had to work overtime to create even the smallest of sequences. According to director Mark Steven Johnson, a single sequence was one terabyte of information. What is a terabyte you say? Well, to create a comparison, the entire Apollo 13 film was one terabyte. A single scene in Ghost Rider vs. an entire film, capiche?

Check out the video below:




It also looks like the Ghost Rider effects crew has also improved upon the transformation sequence. During the beginning of the Special Effects clip they show a few seconds of the Johnny Blaze transformation. I can't remember if this detail existed before, but now the flesh actually pops from the heat. Woohoo!

Ghost Rider opens to theatres on February 16th, 2007.

For the movie poster, trailers, stills, video journals, set pics, movie info and synopsis, go to the Ghost Rider Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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