Pixel Magic Perms 48 Effects for "Legally Blonde 2:
Red, White & Blonde"
Another issue was the Library of Congress shot. In the script, Witherspoon is supposed to be reading inside the Library of Congress. Since the crew never went to D.C. and filming is not allowed in the Library of Congress, this presented a similar problem. Witherspoon was shot against a green screen during principal photography. A permit was granted for a two hour still camera shoot (no actors) inside the Library of Congress. The still images were ultimately composited with the live action green screen footage, and a digital camera move added to give the illusion that the scene was filmed at the location.
The Million Dog March sequence required the need for visual effects. In the script, thousands of demonstrators march on the National Mall. Again, since nothing was shot in D.C., extras were filmed in Los Angeles against a green screen, and duplicated to create a large crowd. Pixel Magic then shot 35mm footage (no actors) on the National Mall in early springtime for leaves and springtime-like conditions. This element was composited with the green screen crowd. Detailed rotoscoping was necessary to place the marchers into the newly created surroundings. Additional trees, the Washington Monument and a street were added in proper position to create the appearance of a demonstration on the National Mall.
In the Million Dog March sequence, the production company discovered that Emmett (Luke Wilson) was overlooked and not filmed during the principal photography. Pixel Magic was asked to include Wilson in both the medium close up and a wide shot of the procession. Wilson was shot against a green screen using video playback to obtain the exact timing of his movements. This was also necessary for his "Save Bruiser's mom" dialogue verbalized over and over in unison with the others from the principal photography footage. The green screen element of Wilson was seamlessly composited with the original, live action footage. Detailed rotoscoping was required to insert Wilson into the line of marchers.
About Pixel Magic:
Pixel Magic, a division of OCS/Freeze Frame, spans two generations of expertise in the creation of visual effects for film and television. Services include compositing, 3D & character animation, wire & rig removal, digital film & hi-def restoration, matte painting, main titles, digital opticals, digital trailers, HD/tape to film transfers, scanning and recording.
Pixel Magic is currently working on Sony Pictures' SWAT and 20th Century Fox's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Most recently, they have completed visual effects for a number of films including 20th Century Fox's Daredevil, Paramount's How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and New Line Cinema's Final Destination 2.