Black Widow’s Taskmaster Tank was actually run around on the set

IN Black widow, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) are hunted through Budapest by Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), but this is no ordinary foot hunt. Taskmaster goes after the pair in a tank, making the hunt even more pulsating, and while it would be easy to assume that Taskmaster’s tank was mostly VFX, it turns out that it was actually a handy tank that was driven around on set. Chris Hammack, VFX supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic, told that although there was a digital version created for some fill-in images, the tank was mostly practical and operational.

“It’s actually most convenient,” Hammack said. “I believe Paul Corbould and his team built three versions of a practical tank that ran on truck racing engines. And it was pretty amazing, and we were able to go to Budapest and shut down a relatively larger street. And there were ‘crash’ vehicles out there that it could practically run into, and basically over and over again. It was pretty amazingly usable, I must say. We made a digital version of it, to fill in pictures and make some CG “cars, so it drove over, make the bigger distractions. It was a mix, but it was most convenient.”

Of course, just because it was a practical vehicle that could be driven does not mean that everyone has to do it. Hammack said he tried but was not allowed to, explaining that the tank had a very limited field of vision.

“Tried very hard, very hard,” he said when asked if he was trying to convince anyone to let him run the tank. “No, it was run from the interior with just a very thin slit. As much as I would love it, in a foreign country where I could be thrown in jail and actually stay for a while? No.”

And it was not just Taskmaster’s tank that had a sense of practicality or plausibility in the Black Widow. VFX Supervisor Geoffrey Bauman also told that the film hired special consultants to determine if the film’s Red Room could actually be used in real life.

“I think one thing we talked a little bit about is, okay, ‘how loud could it be [the Red Room] be, to maintain a two-minute free fall? I think it was 20,000 feet or just below that where one could buy the fact that someone could still breathe, they do not need any oxygen, “Bauman said.” It would be very cold and it would give us enough screams. time to possibly buy the descent. So it’s a simple example, as far as you know, something like that goes. “

Black widow now streamed on Disney +.


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