Go behind the scenes with the latest VFX breakdowns from Netflix and Marvel.

Top image via Framestore/Marvel

VFX breakdowns offer a unique glimpse at the incredible post-production work found in many of the biggest films and shows. Find inspiration in this latest VFX breakdown roundup, featuring projects from the final months of 2016.

The Crown

While watching Netflix’s latest series, The Crown, I couldn’t help but be blown away by how great everything looked. Behind many of those beautiful sequences was the work of One Of Us, the New York-based VFX studio.

For the series, One Of Us was tasked with creating photo-real environments — given the show’s attempt to reach a certain level of historical accuracy. The VFX studio worked on digital set extensions, environments, crowd replications, historical aircraft, and Buckingham Palace.

Expect to see more VFX breakdowns from One Of Us, as they are currently wrapping production on films like Assassin’s Creed and series like National Geographic’s Mars.

Doctor Strange

VFX Breakdown Roundup: November 2016 - Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange via Framestore/Marvel

While not a video breakdown, there are some great VFX interviews and images behind the work of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Framestore has a wonderful look at their work on over 365 shots for Doctor Strange. They worked on the complex Mandlebrotting of sets, digital doubles, the Cloak of Levitation, and the creation of the Astral Form (seen above).

The Astral Form was one of the hardest effects we’ve had to deal with at Framestore; finding the right balance of a look that was subtle but also beautiful. — Alexis Wajsbrot, Framestore CG Supervisor

VFX Breakdown Roundup: November 2016 - Doctor Strange, Continued
Doctor Strange via Film Frame/Marvel

Over on Cartoon Brew, you’ll find a great look at ILM’s world-bending work on the New York chase scene. You’ll get a glimpse at some pre-viz work from The Third Floor and the final shot from ILM.

The spec was to do something no one in cinema had seen before. The designs themselves started with Escher references and from there it was a matter of how to push the boundaries of visual storytelling. — Faraz Hameed, The Third Floor

Read the whole Cartoon Brew piece here. Want to try your hand at some Doctor Strange VFX? Try this awesome After Effects tutorial from PremiumBeat. 

Independence Day: Resurgence

Since our last VFX roundup featuring Image Engine’s work on the film, we’ve seen much more work behind the blockbuster sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence.

Above, you’ll see the work of Mackevision. The VFX house created full CG environments, matte paintings, and space ship animations.

Below, you’ll find action sequences developed by Cinesite Studios. Their Montréal and London offices worked on the Queen ship and Area 51 environment.

What were your favorite VFX moments of the last few months? Share in the comments below.