Hulk Movie SFX Guru's Favorite Scene

Dennis Muren, the Industrial Light & Magic
Hulk F/X All The Rage

Dennis Muren, the Industrial Light & Magic wizard who supervised the visual effects for the upcoming Hulk film, told SCI FI Wire that his favorite F/X scene featured a fight between the titular character and a trio of giant, mutant dogs. "If I had to pick one, it may be the dog fight," he said. "Because that was just brilliant. We started really early on this show looking at extreme sports, extreme fighting, where the guys are in cages, ... with the idea of finding what happens when you're in a rage, and you're really trapped in trying to win, what you're capable of doing."

Muren—whose credits include all of the Star Wars films, as well as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park—said that director Ang Lee was very clear about what he wanted for the scene. "Ang took us along to these fights and found all sorts of footage of what it was like," he said. "It was just thinking of something in that visceral approach. If you look at the action, ... some of the things that Hulk is doing to those animals is pretty cruel and pretty neat, and it's all fun, because they're all Hulk things."

Muren said that having Lee aboard raised the level of quality for everyone involved in the film. "Ang's films have got levels and levels of story and backstory to them, and that all had to be in the Hulk character, so when you're seeing the shot, hopefully you're picking up more [about] his character than just the monster standing there. ... It's like the art in state-of-the-art." Hulk, based on the Marvel Comics series, opens June 20.
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