The Making of Disney’s The Jungle Book
MPC VFX Supervisor Adam Valdez describes the hybrid filmmaking techniques used to create Jon Favreau’s live action remake.
Making Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” required unprecedented collaboration between traditional live action filmmakers and digital artists. While blue screen stages and digital work are common these days, it was the sheer volume of material generated, its marriage with the live action actor, and the photorealism and detail of the work which has garnered praise and notice. The film was truly a hybrid of filmmaking techniques and approaches, as director Favreau took an animated feature attitude toward pre-production. Virtual production techniques were then used to previsualize each shot, filmed to tight technical preparation.
New tools were developed and new levels of craft brought to the project within London’s Moving Picture Company, where eight hundred artists worked on the project over two years. The studio’s visual effects supervisor Adam Valdez will describe the unique process of this film from beginning to end, showing behind the scene clips and technical demonstrations used to generate the jungle and its animal cast.
With more than 25 years experience working behind the scenes on major movies, Adam Valdez is one of MPC’s most experienced and talented visual effects artists.
Adam began his career with eight years at Tippett Studio where he worked as an Animator on Spielberg’s iconic Jurassic Park, Miniatures Fabricator on Robocop 2, Animator on Dragonheart and Lead Character Animator on Starship Troopers. After two years at Pacific Data Images’ re-launched visual effects group, Adam moved to Weta Digital to build animation, crowd, motion capture & rigging departments, and was Animation Supervisor on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Adam joined MPC in 2003 as feature film VFX Supervisor and Animation Director, leading teams on high profile movies including AVP: Alien Vs Predator, 10,000BC, The Wolfman, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, World War Z and Maleficent. For the last 2 years Adam has been working with Director Jon Favreau and Production VFX Supervisor Rob Legato, bringing Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book to life.