VFX Artists Break Down Shang-Chi's Seamless Use of CGI in Scaffold Fight

Modern VFX artists from the YouTube channel Corridor Crew sit down with second unit visual effects supervisor, Joe Farrell, for Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings to break down the scaffold fight scene in the film. The film stars Kim's Convenience alumni Simu Liu in the titular role as the latest superhero to join the MCU. He is joined by a stellar supporting cast that includes Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung, who plays the film's primary antagonist and Shang-Chi's father, Xu Wenwu. The story revolves around Shang-Chi as he is forced to confront his past when his father brings him and his sister Xialing (Zhang) into a search for the mythical village of Ta Lo.

Shang-Chi has garnered positive reviews from critics and audiences alike and has been praised particularly for its choreography of the action sequences. The film features many terrific set pieces including the famous bus fight scene and a climax involving a duel between two dragons. However, there is one sequence that has flown under the radar. This scene in question takes place after Shang-Chi and Katy (Awkwafina) decide to meet his long lost sister Xialing in Macau where she founded an underground fight club following her escape from Wenwu. The siblings' reunion is short-lived when the Ten Rings attack the club and this leads to Shang-Chi and Xialing having to square off against Wenwu's warriors in a thrilling sequence along the side of a massive skyscraper on some scaffolding.

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In their latest video, VFX artists Niko and Clint from the YouTube channel Corridor Crew take a deep dive into the creation of the visual effects of the scaffold fight scene from Shang-Chi with the help of additional visual effects supervisor, Joe Farrell. They start by pointing out the similarity of the scene with that of another scaffold fight from the Jackie Chan classic Rush Hour 2. Farrell described his experience of shooting the scene as "pretty special" and jokes about the manner in which Shang-Chi kills his foes and how it's done "in a Charlie Chaplin way." He also mentioned how the goal right from the beginning was "to shoot as much real as we possibly can," and he further goes into detail about certain shots and how they blended the CGI with practical effects for each shot seamlessly. Watch the video below to get a more in-depth idea on how the sequence was shot.

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Farrell also acknowledged the inspiration that parkour had on the sequence and how they thought it would create "martial arts moves that would sit nicely." The artists also learn that the scaffold itself was, in fact, digitally created. Farrell also touches on the fact that the camera is never stationery in the entire scene which meant that the reflections mirrored on the windows of the building had to be "meticulously done," which Nico described as "really, really clever" but also "incredibly time-consuming." He also stressed on the importance of the more minute details in the scene, like the reflection of the environment around the characters on the mirror during the fight to make it seem more realistic.

After looking at the end result, it would be safe to say that the hard work and time put into the scene by the artists did not go in vain. Fans were treated to an absolute spectacle of a fight scene that belongs in the conversation of one of the MCU's best action sequences in what is also now arguably one of their best origin stories. Audiences will finally be able to stream Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings when it becomes available on Disney+ worldwide on November 12th as a part of Disney Day.

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Source: Corridor Crew

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