Thanks to a new VFX breakdown from effects house Iloura, we’ve been treated to a captivating geek-peek behind the Ghostbusters ghost-creation curtain. Needless to say, technology and how Hollywood utilizes it in films has changed quite a bit in the twenty-plus years between the 1984 release of the original Ghostbusters film and the recent reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Now thanks to VFX, we get a glimpse at just how differently those ghost effects come to fruition in 2016. VFX supervisor Pete Travers of Sony Pictures Imageworks detailed the differences and how far production has come to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Obviously, there’s been a lot of advancements in VFX,” he said. “[Director] Paul [Feig] was a fan of the original Ghostbusters and he was hopeful, as much as possible, to have the ‘real’ ghosts on set with the actors. We worked closely with costume and production design, and stunts to make that happen.”
The original Ivan Reitman comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson earned an Oscar nomination for its visual effects — which is crazy to consider — seeing as the film created ghosts using puppets and maquettes that were added to the film in production, and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was just a dude in a suit. The recent Ghostbusters reboot used drones, LED lights, and the latest CGI technology to bring their supernatural beasts to the film.