: Which Brian Oconner Scenes Werent Paul Walker

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The Fast và Furious 7 VFX team was able lớn finish Paul Walker"s scenes in the movie despite his death mid-way through shooting. Here"s how they did it.

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Here"s how Fast & Furious 7 was able khổng lồ finish Paul Walker"s scenes following the actor"s death. The seventh installment in the high-octane franchise was rocked with tragedy when Walker was killed in a vehicular crash in November 2013, at a time when production was only part way done. Having played the still-alive Brian O"Conner — a former lawman-turned-outlaw và Robin khổng lồ Dominic Toretto"s (Vin Diesel) Batman — since the original The Fast and the Furious in 2001, Walker"s tragic passing left a massive hole in the popular film series. Understandably, the movie"s creatives gave serious thought khổng lồ canceling Fast và Furious 7 afterward, rather than trying to finish it without him.


Of course, that didn"t happen, and the movie went on khổng lồ become a massive box office success (grossing over $1.5 billion in theaters worldwide), in addition to lớn earning widespread acclaim for the touching and tasteful way it "retires" Walker"s Fast & Furious character. But in order khổng lồ both finish the film & give O"Conner a fitting conclusion to lớn his personal journey, the Fast và Furious 7 production team (including screenwriter Chris Morgan, director James Wan, và their many VFX artists) had to think decidedly outside the box.

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After the Furious 7 ending và O"Conner"s storyline in Fast & Furious 7 were rewritten, the film"s crew phối about the task of producing some 350 additional shots of Walker to flesh out his role in the movie, 90 of which used archived footage of the actor from previous outtakes or shots from earlier Fast & Furious films, which were then relit and repurposed. The other 260 shots were completed by having Walker"s brothers, Caleb & Cody, perform his scenes in character, only for their faces to lớn be replaced with CGI versions of Walker"s during post-production. As Weta VFX supervisor Joe Letteri explained khổng lồ THR in 2015, the Fast và Furious 7 effects team created the CGI replacement for Walker"s face by first scanning his brothers lớn use them as a point of reference.

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In the end, though, they ended up using older footage of Walker as a reference the most, "because as close as the brothers were in style and mannerisms, they just weren"t Paul when Paul played his character," according lớn Letteri. Complicating matters, many of these shots included dialogue, which the movie"s sound editors had khổng lồ create by drawing from existing dialogue previously recorded by Walker. Letteri also touched on the process of crafting Walker"s CGI face and how the film"s VFX artists had to lớn be extra careful lớn prevent the effect from landing somewhere in the "Uncanny Valley" (e.g. When a digitally-rendered human is close to lớn the real thing but just "off" enough khổng lồ look creepy instead of convincing). While the final result wasn"t flawless, it was nevertheless very impressive, considering the major obstacles the movie"s VFX artists had lớn overcome. It all culminated in the final scene in Fast & Furious 7, where Dom và Brian have one final "race" but are far more invested in simply enjoying their time riding together before reaching a fork in the road & heading off in separate directions. It was an undeniably heartfelt sendoff for Walker, and one that Diesel went so far as to lớn proclaim as maybe "the best moment in cinematic history".


While the moment provided a lovely sendoff for Walker"s O"Conner, F9 (aka, F9: The Fast Saga) featured a non-visual cameo of the character. At the kết thúc of the film, Dom pauses before the family of friends says grace, saying that there"s one empty chair at the table. Mia"s response is "he"s on the way," just before a xanh Nissan Skyline drives up lớn the home and pulls up into the driveway. The car is obviously a nod to Walker"s character, who drove the vehicle throughout the Fast & Furious franchise. And while O"Conner was not a factor in Fast và Furious 8, teasing his appearance at the end of F9 caused many to lớn speculate about the ways in which Brian could appear in future Fast Saga movies (with the help of CGI). Ultimately, Fast & Furious 7 bid O"Conner farewell in a satisfactory way và time will tell whether the filmmakers bởi bring him back through digital rendering as the film franchise comes to lớn a close.


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The remaining movies have Brian O"Conner living his best life offscreen looking after the kids, và the team retired him to protect his family - very on-brand given the series" fixation on familial bonds. Killing his character would have felt a little too on the nose considering that Walker passed away in a oto accident, so keeping his character alive is a great way khổng lồ honor the actor without recasting or over-relying on tasteless CGI.

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In F9, Brian"s looking after Dom"s son, too, và he"s become a really useful narrative tool for keeping important characters safe offscreen. His presence is felt not only in the plot points: when his trademark Nissan Skyline rocks up khổng lồ the family barbecue during the F9 ending, it gives Brian a physical presence for the first time since Furious 7 without needing lớn use Paul Walker"s likeness, which was merely a mid-production countermeasure to lớn honor Walker"s legacy và contribution. Ultimately, Brian has become a safe haven for the next generation of Torettos và O"Conners, and the unfortunate verisimilitude of Walker"s death has been adapted into The Fast Saga in a way that, surprisingly poignantly, hammers home the series" themes of family, memory, and legacy.