VFX: Invisible Effects of The Lone Ranger

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The Lone Ranger was released in 2013 to a somewhat critically negative reaction. It has a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.5/10 on IMDB.com. Financially it was a commercial failure, grossing $260 million worldwide against an estimated $225 million production budget plus an additional $150 million marketing budget. Despite all of this I really enjoyed the film. I’m not too sure what people were expecting, but from the director of Mouse Hunt and The Pirate of The Caribbean trilogy I expected nothing more than a visually pleasing, entertaining and fun film. This is exactly what I got and I loved every bit of it. The final set piece was superb; Great loud fun.

Although I was quite surprised to see how much of the environment was digitally created. In the video below Industrial Light & Magic Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Alexander and Digital Environments Supervisor Dan Wheaton discuss the effects challenges presented on Gore Verbinski’s ‘The Lone Ranger.’ The film’s primary visual effects challenges involved the creation of the hundreds of photorealistic CG environments seen throughout the film’s dramatic action sequences.

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Lewis McGregor is an aspiring filmmaker, photographer and online content creator from Wales.