Ang Lee commissioned artist Alexis Rockman to create a series of dreamlike images that would help the film crew visualize key scenes.
Pi comes face to face with the whale who swam underneath him. Digitally creating a whale took four teams of animators spanning Taiwan, Canada, India and Malaysia.
The island was digitally built after an initial shoot of long-rooted Banyan trees in a Taiwanese Botanical Reserve.
The whirlpool scene was created entirely by computer graphics. A perfect replica of a Banyan tree hovered above a blue-screen, allowing Suraj to look down into the mystic waters below.
Using high powered wind blowers and incredible camera work, Ang Lee’s crew was able to create a stunning recreation of a deep-sea swell...