Behind the Scenes With Breaking Dawn Visual Effects

Remember back when Bill Condon said there were more green screen shots in Breaking Dawn than in Avatar? Here’s a look at why. I have to say on some of the shots I never would have guessed that a green screen was in play.

600 shots in 3 months is pretty impressive. How did you do that?

George Macri – VFX Producer // We had a solid team of artists with clearly defined tasks that were tracked by the Production Management team on a daily basis.

Have you created some automatic procedure to key and composite the backgrounds?
George Macri – VFX Producer // Everything was done using Nuke’s built-in keyers.

What was the biggest challenge on this project and how did you achieve it?
Jeff Campbell – VFX Supervisor // Estimating the spatial relationships and distances of objects and actors to the glass in the windows.

Eric Doiron – Compositing Supervisor // Those expansive outdoor views were entirely green screen comps. The real challenge was getting the reflections right. We often cheated the reflections because sometimes what was physically correct didn’t always work best for the composition.

Check out more on Art of VFX It can be a little technical, but the pictures are amazing. Well worth the read!


  1. Wow! Interesting article and amazing images, never would have guessed green screen shots.

  2. Wow, I had no idea so many green screen shots were in the film. Shows what a long way it’s come from Twilight & the special effects in that one.

    • unfortunately, it has come a long way from twilight & the make up in that one^^

      but regarding the VFX: I’m stunned- amazing people who can do this

      • i agree i loved the feel of the first twilight the other movies were good but twilight captured the fact they were vampires better from the makeup to the music and even the little details they got way to bockbuster on the other ones

  3. That was cool !

  4. Sabrina13 says:

    Whoa…that’s a lot of visual effects…and it looked really good considering a lot looked real! Good job!

  5. The scene in the ocean with the moon was the one scene that stood out as CGI. It just looked a little awkward. The rest of it was great.

  6. The link doesn’t work for me…anyone have a link that leads to the story/pictures?

  7. Saw on the website that the article was pulled but will be republished.

  8. Wow, I never would’ve guessed that shot was made using a green screen…


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