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The Making of Iron Man 3’s HUD

As most of us have observed in the recent (and probably last) installment of the Iron Man franchise, Tony Stark’s HUD in the Iron Man 3 is arguably one of the coolest visual effects rendered in any movie today. And with the current trend of today’s technology, one can’t help but think if and when such would become a reality.

Until then, the folks at Cantina Creative have been doing great visual graphics to further entice our excitement and compensate our longing for such tech. The following video was recently posted online by John Likens of Cantina Creative, the studio behind Marvel’s recent blockbuster hit, to detail what they’ve done with Iron Man’s HUD.

For the full press release, see below:

In late 2012 I joined forces with Cantina Creative to help deliver over 100 shots for IRON MAN 3.

Marvel tasked us with designing all the elaborate 3D head-up displays (HUDs) – a virtual graphical interface that Iron Man sees from within the helmet environment of his armored suits that communicate essential data and statistics ranging from his physical condition to weapon and navigational diagnostics – While putting strong emphasis on the new ultra-high-tech Mark 42 suit, we also delivered upgraded HUDs to match the new suits seen in the film. It was great fun.

All of the 3D elements, including a miniature version of the suit and the holographic helmet, were generated and rendered from CINEMA 4D. These graphics had true 3D depth, which heightened the stereo viewing experience as well as the interactive light qualities that are both photo-real and immersive.

This is a process montage that was created to give some insight into the development and design thinking stages of the work I was specifically involved with on the film.

Credits:
Cantina Creative
VFX Supervisor: Venti Hristova
VFX Producer: Sean Cushing
Digital Producer: Lily Shapiro
VFX Artists: Aaron Eaton, Matt Eaton, Jonathan Ficcadenti, Jayse Hansen, Stephen Lawes, John Likens, Leon Nowlin Jr., Alan Torres, Lukas Weyandt

Source: John Likens, Vimeo

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