Suicide Squad: Imageworks VFX supervisor Mark Breakspear
By Randi Altman
In Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad, a band of captured super-villains are released from prison by the government and tasked with working together
to fight a common enemy, the evil Joker.
This film, which held top box office honors for weeks, has a bit of everything: comic book antiheroes, super powers, epic battles and redemption. It also features a ton of visual effects work that was supervised by Sony Imageworks’ Mark Breakspear, who worked closely with production supervisor Jerome Chen and director David Ayer (see our interview with Ayer).
Breakspear is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience as a visual effects supervisor and artist, working on feature films, television and commercials. His credits include American Sniper, The Giver, Ender’s Game, Thor: The Dark World, The Great Gatsby… and that’s just to name a few.
Suicide Squad features approximately 1,200 shots, with Imageworks doing about 300, including the key fight at the end of the film between Enchantress, the Squad, Incubus and Mega Diablo. Imageworks also provided shots for several other sequences throughout the movie.
MPC worked on the majority of the other visual effects, with Third Floor creating postviz after the shoot to help with the cutting of the film.
I recently threw some questions at Breakspear about his process and workflow on Suicide Squad.
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