Valerian is set in ‘a Universe without boundaries’ and this aptly describes the films diverse and abounding digital environments and creatures. VFX and animation are integral to the film — out of the 2734 shots only 100 do not contain visual effects.
Luc Besson has created a strong aesthetic inspired by Jean-Claude Mézières’ renderings from the Valerian comics. Weta has been closely involved with the design development and worked alongside Luc to devise visually stunning environments, complex architecture, futuristic machines, otherworldly landscapes and odd-looking aliens.
With each new project Weta finds ways to develop our pipeline and this film is no different. As Senior VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri put it: “There’s going to be no holding back on this one because everything Luc is trying to create has got such scope in every frame. We just have to use any technique available to us.”
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets releases on July 21st, 2017.