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The Amazing & Sophisticated Visual Effects Of 'Gone Girl'

When we attended a screening of ‘Gone Girl’ on the Fox Studios lot back in October, a curious statement was made just before the film began. It was something to the effect of “It may not look it, but there are a lot more visual effects shots in this film than you realize”. At the time it was an odd statement, however in light of the recent ‘Gone Girl’ effects reel that has surfaced, we realized it was perhaps the understatement of the year.

Fans of David Fincher’s previous work may be less surprised, as similar reels for ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘Zodiac’ (a personal favorite) have already been released. But it’s still somewhat of a surprise, even these days, to see how visual effects and “doing it in post” factors in to a non-action/sci-fi/superhero film.
As you can see above, the clip is just under two minutes, and doesn’t offer much in the way of explanation as to why they chose to shoot so much green screen, whether the house was a set or not, etc. However it does offer some insight as to possible reasons why a studio or director may choose to shoot in such a manner, such as causing less hassle with location.
Location scouting can be a pain in and of itself. Especially in a David Fincher film, where everything is always “just so”, finding that perfect house with the perfect backyard and perfect layout that still allows you to shoot inside and out is probably a tall order. Though there’s no confirmation on whether the house was a set or not, shooting it the way they did ensured they were able to match any exteriors perfectly, regardless of location.
Now, it bears pointing out that all of this was done using Adobe’s Creative Cloud. This was a big test of Adobe’s tools, and the ‘Gone Girl’ crew have not witheld their glee at what they were able to accomplish with Adobe’s suite of post production tools. Certainly the video above is a testament to Adobe, as the is the video below with Academy-winning editor Kirk Baxter, ACE, where Baxter and his team describe their workflow and how they used Adobe’s tools on the 6K shot ‘Gone Girl’.

For more information on Adobe’s use on ‘Gone Girl’, as well as Adobe’s full array of products, visit

Written by Jake Fruia

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