How they did it

'Life of Pi's' digital magic

Rhythm & Hues conjured up most of "Life of Pi's" animals, seas and skies; other effects companies tackled everything from creating storm sequences and a sinking ship to making Sharma skinnier and Pondicherry, India, look like the 1970s. Bill Westenhofer, who is nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film, worked with 1,200 artists at several companies to create a digital tiger on a vast, changeable sea.

Visual effects

Visual effects

Visual effects

Visual effects

Visual effects

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A water tank provided the visuals for the ocean.

The lifeboat is digitally created over the image of actual water.

The digital lifeboat is completed to look life-like.

With the lifeboat image completed, tiger Richard Parker is added over it.

The finished image shows the tiger prowling the lifeboat.

'Life of Pi' has been nominated for 11 Oscars.

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