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Inside the Ark of Noah


Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope, directed by visionary filmmaker Aronofsky. Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and Logan Lerman also star.

Building upon a relationship with Mr. Aronofsky that was forged on his earlier films (Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain), LOOK came aboard in pre-production to work with lead visual effects provider ILM to help bring the film to the big screen.

Tasked with delivering the Earth's birds to the ark, the team at LOOK developed proprietary feather and flocking systems in its New York facility, delivering work that contained up to two million birds within a single shot.


The team at LOOK developed proprietary feather and flocking systems in its New York facility, delivering work that contained up to two million birds in a single shot.

In addition to its avian work, LOOK also helped create the look of the world before the flood, bringing light to mankind's destruction of the environment through a series of matte paintings and set extensions.





All told, LOOK completed 300 shots for the film over a period of 18 months. "As a company, we really tried to push the envelope on this show in terms of the type and scale of work we were doing," explains Dan Schrecker, LOOK's visual effects supervisor on the project and long-time Aronofsky collaborator. "The work we did on the birds, including the feather and flocking systems, as well as the animation and rendering, was some of the most advanced work we have ever done. Working with a visionary director like Darren is always an adventure, but one in which the ultimate reward is proportional to the challenge involved in the process. That was certainly the case on this film and all of us at LOOK are extremely proud to have been part of it."



For over 16 years, LOOK Effects has been a leading provider of digital-effects solutions for feature film, episodic television and special venue projects.






With operations in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver and Stuttgart, Germany, LOOK offers a knowledgeable and resourceful approach in partnering with their clients to supervise and produce visual effects. In all four locations, LOOK provides ideas and options for digital effects design, on-set supervision, set-extension creation, 3D animation and complex compositing. This combined experience and expertise has earned LOOK a high level of trust and an impressive list of clients and credits.

LOOK's effects for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan were nominated for both VES and BAFTA awards for visual effects. Their other film credits include: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Sabotage, Draft Day, Warm Bodies, Life of Pi, Moonrise Kingdom, Alex Cross, The Muppets, Underworld Awakening, Captain America, Limitless, and The King's Speech. Television credits include: "Bones," "Game of Thrones," "Nashville," "Castle," "The Finder," the Emmy-nominated effects for "Life After People" and all of the VES-nominated effects for the final season of "Lost." See more of LOOK Effects' work at http://www.lookfx.com.


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