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How Did They Create Iron Man’s HUD?

Iron Man’s Heads Up Display (HUD) is one of the cooler effects in “The Avengers.” To create it, filmmakers turned to a special effects house to re-imagine Tony Stark’s new toy.


Robert Downey Jr. plays the billionaire Tony Stark (and Iron Man).

The computer graphics wizards at Cantina Creative were one part of the visual effects team of “The Avengers.” The company helped create not only Iron Man’s HUD but also assisted in the development of the screen graphics for the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, lab sequences (like those featuring Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner) and other cool technology used by Tony Stark.

Making Iron Man Fly
Designer Jayse Hansen of Cantina Creative told fxguide how he created the effects for the Helicarrier’s computers. “I started by researching real aircraft carrier screens and then designing based on what purpose each had…Fury’s screens would be the overall screens and he would have a high-level view of basically everything in the Helicarrier and the world. There would be map screens with globes. It also had security cam footage and video feeds from news footage.”

For Iron Man’s HUD, the digital artists used After Effects to create the visual display that keeps Tony Stark informed on what’s going on when he’s in the air. After Effects is the movie industry standard for adding computer effects to live images and learning After Effects can lead you to a job in the movie industry.


Iron Man’s HUD was created using After Effects (click the image for a larger view).  

Iron Man’s Next Outing?
The success of “The Avengers” assures not only a sequel for “The Avengers” but for Iron Man, too. “Iron Man 3″ is scheduled for release on May 3, 2013.

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