Cohen Talks Mummy Editing & VFX

Director Rob Cohen has updated his official blog with the current status of “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” which is now in post production.

He confirms the film is now running at around 125 minutes and will undergo a few more refinements before the first studio screening on February 28th. A teaser trailer should be out within a month and is talking to Universal about premiering the teaser on his blog.

At present only nine of the 800 visual effects shots have been finished – “Sounds dismal and hopeless, but this is how vfx work goes: the first 50% of the time on 10% of the shots and the second 50% on the 90%. There is so much R & D going in defining the visual rules for each fantasy creature, object, or landscape (what does Shangri-la look like?) that the refinement of this first 100 shots defines all the rest. Once the aesthetics and methodology are set, the production pipelines are refined and the work begins to accelerate.”

He adds that there are 400 vfx shots in the last 25 minutes of the film alone, the vast majority belonging to Digital Domain which is creating a major battle sequence between an army of the undead lead by Michelle Yeoh, and an army of terracotta warriors led by Jet Li.

His favourite visual effects creation so far? “The Yeti (the abominable snowmen) done by Rhythm & Hues, that appear in the Himalayan sequence are my favorite achievement. They are flat out cool! Supervisor Derek Spears and team have been kicking ass on the creatures.”

Universal will release the film on August 1st.