Dune’s Shield VFX Is Much Simpler & Easier Than You Realized

Visual effects for Dunes’s defensive shields look very simple, according to VFX artists. Dune, a remake of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi classic, was directed by Denis Villeneuve. It was released in the United States and other markets in October. The film received high praises for its cinematography and visual effects.

Dune is the story of Paul Atreides (played by Timothee Chahalamet) and his struggle for survival as desert planet Arrakis. His family takes responsibility. Villeneuve’s adaptation of Herbert’s novel comes almost forty years after David Lynch adapted it in 1984. Some still love Lynch’s film, but most fans agree that it was unsuccessful. Lynch has also distanced himself from the film at every opportunity.

Three VFX artists from Corridor Crew have analyzed the Dune effects in a YouTube video. They also discussed how the products were created and compared Villeneuve’s visuals with Lynch’s 1984 adaptation. The VFX artists also examine other effects. They focus on the creation of the shields that the characters wear. The video’s creators also shared that the visual effect used for creating the shields in Lynch’s Due wasn’t CGI and took nine months to develop, despite the superficial appearance. Below is what they had to say about it.

This effect isn’t really that impressive.

They’re just flickering around, it looks like. All of this can be done in compositing. This is a 3-D job.

It’s all hand animation. This is how all the new Dune looks. The effects are not complex technical feats, but rather they are all beautifully crafted by talented artists. This effect can be done on your computer at home. It’s all about your artistic direction and how you work as an animator. It doesn’t matter how advanced your tools are. You can actually sit down in After Effects to create this effect.

The film’s keen-eyed viewers will have seen that guns are absent from the Dune world. Instead, soldiers fight with melee weapons such as spears and swords. Except for the Fremen characters, most Dune characters are equipped with personal defense shields that prevent any object traveling at high speed from entering their bodies. This renders bullets useless. Attackers must push through the protection slowly to get around it. Josh Brolin’s Gurney Halleck trains Paul. While a quick strike with a sword will block the shields, a slower, more carefully considered movement can get through.

Budding VFX artists are sure to be delighted to learn that even though it looks complicated, the effect can be achieved at home. Villeneuve’s Dunes visuals were a standout feature of the film. This makes it hard to believe just how easy they were to succeed. Audiences can expect more of the same in 2023, now that Dunes: Part 2 is officially confirmed.

Denis Villeneuve’s Duke features a broad range of futuristic technology but no supercomputers nor intelligent robots. These are staples in many classic science fiction stories, but they are absent from Frank Herbert’s original Dune book due to the history and geography of the galaxy. While 2021’s Dune movie briefly mentions some of this history, most of it is omitted to make way for more direct action.

Dunebegins at the year 10,191, but it is set much further into the future than that number suggests. 10,191 is the number of years since the establishment of the Spacing Guild. This takes place approximately 10,000 years into the future. This sets the beginning of the main Dune book series around 22,000A.DD.

The glaring absence of traditional sci-fi technology in Dune’s world goes back thousands of years into Herbert’s imaginary universe. Humanity developed “thinking machines” thousands of years before Paul Atreides was born. This term refers to all types of computers and robots that can achieve human-level intelligence. Although this technology evolved into full-fledgedA.I.I, it didn’t lead to the utopian society that some people had hoped for.

Herbert’s Dune timeline briefly describes how artificial intelligence and all other thinking machines were destroyed in a series called the Butlerian Jihad. Original Dunenovels explained that fighting began because of an ideological schism among two factions of humanity. One had come to depend on thinking machines for all aspects of life, and the other believed that doing so was inherently detrimental to the human race. This group eventually won, and all thinking machines were destroyed. The order Mentats, and Bene Gesserit’s, reaffirmed human intelligence and led to the demise of all remaining devices. Computers with minimal capabilities were allowed to remain non-thinking machines. This legacy of eliminating technology reliance can be summarized by one of the main religious tenants of Paul Atreides’ Duneera – “Thou shall not make a computer in the likeness of a human mind.”

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson wrote the Duneprequel novels, which changed history and made the Butlerian Jihad into a war between humanity (and an evilA.I.I construct called Omnius). It is reasonable to suppose that the universe’s original history is the basis because of Herbert’s loyalty to Villeneuve’s Dune movie. The effect is the same regardless. Humanity has evolved so much and established itself along such rules that rely on computers is unacceptable and sinful. The movie and book versions of Dune have shown that there is no more thought machine.

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