Beasts, Visual FX


An interesting part of this interview at Bygone Bureau was that the Beasts of the Southern Wild VFX people used the opposite of an anti-shake algorithm — they mapped handheld shake that they liked onto clips that weren’t shakey enough:

It was all shot handheld. No tripods. The whole thing is intentionally jerky. We would actually capture a bunch of that jerky motion, and use it to shake shots that were too smooth. Using the computer, you can track objects in a shot, just like we did with sandwich box in the hot tub, and use that data to control the steadiness of another shot. So, a lot of the work I did was actually making the movie shakier.