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'Valerian' Features 2,355 Visual Effects Shots, 600 More Than 'Rogue One'

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The last time Luc Besson made a sci-fi film (1997's The Fifth Element), it cost $90 million and contained 250 special effects shots, including Bruce Willis' famous flying taxicab. Now, 20 years later, he has spent twice as much on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but for nearly 10 times the eye candy, with a whopping 2,355 visual effects shots, some 600 more than Rogue One.

"We were filming basically every day in front of a bluescreen," says actress Cara Delevingne. "Out of six months, only two weeks were under normal circumstances."

Effects include a 500-floor, cavern-like alien marketplace; a crab monster called a Megaptor; a space station known as Alpha; and a luxury spacecraft, the Lexus Skyjet, designed with the help of real-life Lexus engineers. There's also a slew of new alien species, including the snout-nosed Doghans, the giant Bromosaur and a 7-foot-tall, human-ish CG creature named Igor Siruss, voiced by John Goodman.

But it's the Pearls — an ethereal, willowy, semitransparent race — who play a crucial part in the story. "They live an idealistic life that's horribly interrupted by a space battle," explains Martin Hill, a VFX supervisor at New Zealand-based Weta, which did many of the film's effects (Industrial Light & Magic and Rodeo FX were among the other contributors).

Read more at HollywoodReporter

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