‘Hawkeye’ VFX Supervisor Talks About All Those Trick Arrows
Marvel’s 2021 was marked by its incredible bounce back into the cinemas and small screens, with some of the most interesting and ambitious projects in the studio’s decade plus long history. One of the most interesting Disney+ series in Marvel 2021 slate was Hawkeye, as it provided a more nuanced look at a hero who has long been sidelined by the more “powerful” Avengers.
Recently, Hawkeye VFX supervisor Greg Steele talked about all of those trick arrows on Marvel’s official Instagram account.
Hawkeye on Disney+
Partnered with the studio’s recent success, however, was Marvel’s first foray into long-form storytelling which saw the studios deliver exceptional series on the Disney exclusive streaming service, Disney+.
One of the most interesting series to come out of the Marvel Disney+ collaboration was the acclaimed Hawkeye, the story of Clint Barton’s quest for retirement being caught up in a young archer’s unintended consequences of wearing the former characters disregarded Ronin outfit.
One of the coolest parts of the series was its use of Hawkeye’s now-famous trick arrows, which gave the series an interesting aspect of uncertainty, with these various arrows seemingly being bounded only by the creativity of the series showrunners.
Hawkeye’s Trick Arrows
in a recent featurette released by Marvel, the Hawkeye VFX Supervisor Steele talked about all those trick arrows. Steele spoke about how the production and prop department for the project developed everything from the acid arrow to the Pym Particle arrow.
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The interview was posted on Marvel’s Instagram account with the caption reading, “All of the trick arrows up close and personal!! Greg Steele, VFX Supervisor of Marvel Studios’ #Hawkeye, talks to @LorraineCink about how they created all of the arrows in the show.”
In the clip, Steele illuminates some of the more interesting aspects of the creation process by highlighting that the arrows where never actually on set. Instead, the arrows were scans based on models created by the prop department and were later placed in the actors hands via special effects.
Steele was also quick to note the design of the arrows was all done by the brilliant prop department. Speaking of every trick arrow as a small, “piece of art,” they brilliantly combined interesting aesthetics with functionality to create something very cool for the final project!
One of Marvel’s clear successes of this past year, Hawkeye stood out among fans, with the trick arrows only adding to the fun of following Clint Barton and Kate Bishop on their adventure.