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VFX: Filmed-in-Vancouver Adaption WARCRAFT Movie Has Stunning Visual Effects

BBC on Industrial Light & Magic.

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Warcraft may be getting poor reviews for its storytelling in its big screen adaption of the popular video game, but not for its visual effects.

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Warcraft: The Beginning is a Game of Thrones meets Avatar-style movie with a mix of live-action and computer-generated imagery (CGI). It tells the story of humans and orcs in Azeroth, with sword-wielding human hero Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) and hammer-wielding Orc hero Durtan (Toby Kebbell) as the central characters. Directed by Duncan Jones, the film co-stars Clancy Brown (Sleepy Hollow), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: First Avenger), Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim/Second Chance), and Daniel Wu (Hong Kong movie star) as humans or orcs, along with local actors Ryan Robbins, Daniel Cudmore and Dan Payne.

Thanks to $150-million box office in China after a record-breaking four days, Warcraft: The Beginning has over $250-million in overseas box office. It hasn’t been so well received in North America but the total box office is approaching $300-million in a week.


Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) created the worlds with a little help from metro Vancouver as a backdrop.

Here’s a tour of the Lion’s Pride set from Orc second-in-command, Orgrim (Rob Kazinsky),

Here’s some behind-the-scenes from director Duncan Jones.

Warcraft is in theatres now.

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