A video was shared about how sandworms, which are of great importance in the story, are created from the movie, which was nominated for 10 Oscars.
We can imagine that bringing sandworms to life, one of the most important and iconic parts of “Dune”, based on Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, was a tough challenge for the film’s visual effects team. One of the areas in which “Dune” was most successful was to convincingly reflect these monumental beings, who have a very important place in the story, provide the ecological cycle of the planet Arrakis, known as Dune, and are almost a god, without losing their splendor on the big screen.
The film was nominated for an Oscar in the visual effects category.
Warner Bros. Details of the process of bringing sandworms to the big screen were shared with the audience in a new behind-the-scenes video released by director Denis Villeneuve and the film’s producer and visual effects artists.
“We had to believe these were real creatures,” says producer Mary Parent, noting that Fremen view sandworms as divine beings.
In the Dune story, sandworms are native to the desert planet Arrakis and are responsible for producing the precious “spice” that gives users limited intuition. In the original novel, sandworms can grow up to 2,500 meters long and exceed 40 meters in diameter. In another part of the novel, worms whose mouth exceeds eight meters are mentioned. This shows how hard the visual effects team is struggling with realism.
In the video, we see parts of the sandworms as well as how the desert planet set was created. Concentrating on physical details such as how giant sandworms push thousands of tons of sand, the creative team focused on the biology of these imaginary creatures, their teeth, scales, and mating call, as director Villeneuve states.
Visual effects supervisor Brice Parker states that by studying animals living in the desert, they learned about their camouflage abilities in the sand, and they worked hard to strike the balance between real-world mechanics and artistic aesthetics.
The most admired aspect of “Dune” by the audience and critics was its cinematography, visual effects, and the believability of the desert planet is created. The video, which you can watch below, showcases how hard the creative team worked for it. It is a matter of great curiosity in which branches the film will be nominated for, which will compete for the Best Picture Oscar in addition to the branches such as cinematography, production design, costume, and visual effects at the 94th Academy Awards…