The Meg VFX Breakdown Reveals Creation of the Summer’s Biggest Predator

The Meg was one of this summer’s more joyous films, giving us Jason Statham, a massive shark, and breakout star Kelly the dog (an actual dog). The movie was fun, silly, and again, had a 75-foot long prehistoric shark (the Megalodon, hence the film’s title) going tooth-to-toe with Statham’s deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor. Now, we’ve got a look at how effects shop Scanline VFX helped create some of The Meg‘s wildest visuals, including the titular beast itself. While there are a ton of awesome effects shots here, you’ll also notice how much of the film required actual under-water filming, with cast and crew kitted out in scuba gear for many of The Meg‘s most compelling sequences.

Scanline VFX has a ton of major films in their pipeline, including Aquaman, Captain Marvelthe final season of Game of Thrones, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Spider-Man: Far From HomeYou know a VFX studio involved with some of the biggest films around knows their stuff, and this is why The Meg, a much smaller film (respectively) still looked so good.

Check out the VFX reel here:

Here’s The Meg’s official synopsis from Warner Bros:

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt.

Featured image: Caption: A scene from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Gravity Pictures’ science fiction action thriller “THE MEG,” a Gravity Pictures release for China, and a Warner Bros. Pictures release throughout the rest of the world. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


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