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Prometheus video explains opening Engineer sequence
Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, June 17, 2012
Warning: the video below explains how WETA Digital created the CG FX seen in the opening moments of Prometheus. If you haven't seen the movie yet and are avoiding spoilers, turn back now!
Ridley Scott's Prometheus is proving to be one of those films where you either like it or hate it. Regardless of how you may feel about the final result, the effects in the sci-fi spectacular are all top notch. One of the most impressive sequences comes at the start of the film and shows us a member of the Engineer race sacrificing his own life to "seed" a planet (possibly Earth) with his DNA.
In the film we witness as the Engineer ingests a vial of black liquid. Shortly afterward, the Engineer's body begins to rapidly break down at the genetic level until his remains tumble into the water and are washed away.
As the video below shows, WETA Digital didn't just need to create everything in a computer to realize this scene. The parts showing the Engineer's DNA double helix were created in real life and then oil was sprayed over top to achieve part of the visual look.