Warner Bros. Pictures

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

With a team of 15 people, CVDVFX completed over 100 shots in roughly 2 months. Those shots ranged from tiling out armies of soldiers, CG tanks, CG explosions and combining explosion elements together with soldiers that were either running or jumping and a sequence of helicopters that needed snow and fog added.

When I came on the show, ILM was the primary/only vendor. One of my first tasks was to recruit some additional vendors and divide up the work. CVD was recommended to us by ILM, so that put them high on our list to begin with. Chris and Michelle were great to deal with; quick to respond to our bid requests, flexible as we moved things around and very reasonably priced.”

Roger Nall, VFX Supervisor

The goal of this shot was to establish a greater distance between the soldiers and the base than what was originally shot. We needed to also amp up the intensity and numbers of the army. We started by extracting portions of the plate and pushing them back into a digital matte painting (DMP) element provided by ILM. Once we had built those two key pieces, we added CG tanks, then took a couple dozen green screen elements and tiled them out to become several hundred soldiers. For continuity, we also added several fires and smoke stacks.

Working with CVD was a great experience. Very easy to communicate with, clearly experienced in what they do, very receptive to notes and quick to address them. Organized (which was extremely important and very appreciated on this project). The work was exemplary. CVD quickly became one of the vendors the director and production could rely on and became one of the primary vendors I could depend on — a great working experience!

Roger Nall, VFX Supervisor