CAPTAIN MARVEL: VFX & Make-Up Artist Hiroshi Kitagari Breaks Down Creating The Skrull Species

CAPTAIN MARVEL: VFX & Make-Up Artist Hiroshi Kitagari Breaks Down Creating The Skrull Species

Acclaimed Make-up and VFX artist Hiroshi Kitagari has worked on numerous movies and now that he has directed his own, we got the chance to ask about his work, starting with his creation of the Skrulls.

By LiteraryJoe - Feb 23, 2023 10:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Captain Marvel

Hiroshi Kitagari has recently moved into a directorial position after years of VFX and Make-up application in the industry. We spoke about his newest flick, End of Loyalty. When chatting with him about that we got to learn about his work on projects like Avatar: The Way of Water, The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Captain Marvel.

We'll obviously be bringing these interesting bits to you, starting with the latter. When talking about Captain Marvel we learned about the behind-the-scenes process of creating the Skrulls and changing their faces from one another. 

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Also mentioning what it's like to watch movies he's worked on, we talked about a number of topics with Hiroshi. Beginning with Captain Marvel, a genuine comic book movie, here is a tease for our chat with his comments about the movie, so check out the video below if you want the full experience and aren't looking forward to waiting to hear about Darth Vader or Avatar.

Hiroshi Kitagari:There is a base design for the species of Skrulls. And we had a live cast of actors, so there are several people that we did the sculpt on - the actors. Just like we are all human beings and we look different, it's the same with this species. So based on the cast we had, we sculpted them differently. There's always some sort of freedom as long as we stick with the base. Mainly I just do the sculptures when we have the live actors, there's usually a mask made by someone else and I am just sculpting, which is, nowadays pretty easy. When I work on a movie it's different when I watch it but as long as you're a professional you can avoid it.

What do you think of Hiroshi's comments? We've also included the trailer for his directorial debut, End of Loyalty. With so much to touch on, be sure to share your take in the comments section!

When the head of a notorious crime family is killed by a rival family, his son Grant promises retribution. But as Grant's grief turns into violence and destruction, his best friend Ray, a federal agent, does everything he can to keep Grant from going off the deep end. Their friendship is tested as both men cling to their conflicting moral codes.

End of Loyalty drops on March 7th on digital and On-Demand.

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Origame
Origame - 2/23/2023, 10:30 AM
So far skrulls have been massively disappointing considering what they mean for the mcu. Hopefully it changes with secret invasion but since that isn't featuring other heroes and the skrulls haven't been presented as anything but helpful allies, it's definitely gonna be an uphill battle.
LiteraryJoe
LiteraryJoe - 2/23/2023, 10:32 AM
@Origame - Well the trailer had both Rhodes and Everett Ross so I'm hopeful for surprise cameos.
DarthOmega
DarthOmega - 2/23/2023, 10:32 AM
Say what you want about Marvel's over reliance on CGI, but they are awesome at practical VFX. The Skulls looked amazing in CM. So did Red Skull, Nebula, and many others.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 2/23/2023, 10:47 AM
@DarthOmega - yeah. Makes that more of a shame when they resort to CGI when the practical departments are so good
DarthOmega
DarthOmega - 2/23/2023, 10:58 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I think if only for one film, Marvel should lean into smaller stories, less characters, more practical VFX and less reliance on CGI.

I feel when I'm watching these giant, multiversal, multi-dimensional, fantastical CG worlds and creatures they create, I don't care. None of it feels real. It feels all over the place and I feel nothing.

But think back to the first Ironman. The man was in a dingy cave, with metal and his wits. But the Middle East might as well have been Mars because that's how far from home it felt. And the terrorists might as well been aliens, that's how big the threat level was if they were able to succeed.

There has to be a small story you can tell that will hit people on a personal level making them emotionally invested in these characters and their world.

No sky beams
No quips
No alternate versions of characters
No alternate universes.
No massive army of CGI goons rushing in for big battle scenes.

If only for one film or franchise
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 2/23/2023, 11:07 AM
@DarthOmega - gotta agree with that. With this constant urge to go bigger, it just loses all sense of scale in my opinion.

Not just in environments, but also in threats. With The Winter Soldier we knew it wasn't just a fight where Cap fought to win, he fought to get out with his life. Now an actual Godkiller isn't even terifying anymore.
SATW42
SATW42 - 2/23/2023, 10:36 AM
Captain Marvel post, Fragile Brotherhood incoming. "Yeah looks great in a terrible movie, derp". "Too bad Brie Larson sucks, herp" "I wish my grandkids visited more, herp de derp"
DeadClunge
DeadClunge - 2/23/2023, 11:37 AM
@SATW42 - we defo gotta make that name stick 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Not sure which one of them is the grand wizard/ dragon of the brotherhood but I got my money on counterpoint
McMurdo
McMurdo - 2/23/2023, 10:41 AM
Ben Mendelsohn deserves so much better.
ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 2/23/2023, 12:38 PM
Hoping Super Skrull pops up sooner than later.
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