Gabriel Arnold was Groom Lead at MPC, leading the team that created the breathtakingly realistic and believable muscle systems and fur on the creatures who made up the blockbuster Disney re-make.
Realism and believability
|Lion King (2019)|
To make the film, MPC first sent a crew to Kenya for 3-4 months, gathering reference footage. The brief for the film was that it needed to look completely real - like a David Attenborough documentary. The team also went to zoos to learn as much as possible about the animals, and how they behaved. Many hours were spent gathering reference.
There were no matte paintings in the film; everything was a full cg environment. The environments were vast, arguably they are "the biggest star" of the movie. The MPC artists built over 150 square kilometres of super-detailed set, including over 60 discreet set environments.
This event builds on the success of the “Evening with El Suliman”, in which MPC lead animator El Suliman explained how the animation team brought the animals to life.
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