As a fan of film, I love exploring behind the scenes. Reading about the production process, the special effects and the stories of what could have been.
I Am Legend (2007)
In the last article of WCHB I told you about the special effects studio Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. and how they didn’t get to see their version of the Green Goblin used in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. As with any business this wasn’t the only time they lost out on a job.
Will Smith’s I Am Legend was one of the hits of 2007, but the story started many years earlier. Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) was attached to direct the film with Arnold Schwarzenegger as star way back in 1997. For a number of reasons the project fell apart but in the video below ADI explain how they had four months to come up with various designs for the infected or “hemocytes”.
And as a bonus video here is visual effect artist Steve Johnsons take on the same creatures for the Will Smith version of the film. Practical tests were obviously carried out before someone decided to use computers instead. I think this effect looks better and much creepier than the CGI creatures in the finished film.