"It's not a science documentary!" - In conversation with Adrian De Wet, visual effects supervisor for The Meg
Without this guy, Jason Statham would just be fighting 70 feet of thin air...
Adrian De Wet has quite the CV.
He's worked on huge franchises like Mission: Impossible, The Matrix, Harry Potter, Alien VS Predator, Hellboy and The Hunger Games, as well as landmark one-offs such as The Tree Of Life, Sleepy Hollow and Chicken Run.
So he definitely knows his way around special effects and is exactly the kind of guy you'd want on board when it comes to coming up with the visuals of a fake giant shark in The Meg.
We had the opportunity to sit down with him in the lead-up to the release of the movie (before we got to see it ourselves), and you can hear the whole thing right here, from 24:40 to 33:40 below:
He discusses everything from his first reaction to hearing the idea to the movie, to how a special effects supervisor gets hired for each project (are they approached, or do they need to do an SFX audition?).
De Wet also chats about how difficult it is to maintain the balance between realism and wanting to create something for entertainment, which is where our comparison with Jurassic Park comes up, because, in actuality, the Velociraptors were about three feet tall and covered in feathers, which wouldn't have made much of an imposing presence in the movie.
And finally, he has one particular scene that he is DYING for audiences around the world to see, and having seen the film, we're pretty sure we know what he's talking about, and ... yeah, it is a pretty great scene.