Nick Cage has starred in a number of award winning and blockbuster films, but when it to filming techniques, few can rival Ghost Rider (2007), which became one of the year’s biggest blockbusters and spawned a sequel.
What made the special effects unique is the CGI fire was designed shot by shot, and Ghost Rider’s skull had to be designed in such a way that emotion was conveyed instead of just anger. Many of the major elements in the film, including Ghost Rider’s chains, motorcycle, even the buildings, and water, were all generated using computers. When the hardtail chopper morphed into the Hell Cycle, the production team had to use several animators, lighters and artists to make sure the effect came out right.
According to Memory Tree, that scene in Ghost Rider was “very complex” as it involved the creation of custom pipelines, 3D software geometry, intricate rendering and compositing with live action. Memory Tree Productions certainly knows what this is like, as the production company has extensive experience creating Hollywood quality effects and videos.
Going back to Ghost Rider’s Hell Cycle, incredible detail went into its development, and the design was based on a prop used in the film. Aside from the detailed modeling, the cycle also incorporated animated skeleton hands, which you can see in the transformation.
Because the geometry of the original chopper had to match that of the Hell Cycle, sophisticated filming techniques had to be used, many of which had not been utilized prior to Ghost Rider.