“Deadpool” Visual Effects Breakdown

This short reel unpacks many of the computer-generated scenes in the recent box office hit “Deadpool.” Though the video itself is sometimes edited too rapidly for the untrained eye to keep up with all of the many substantial changes and wholesale creations that the effects team adds to each frame, that rapid fire sensibility is appropriate. “Deadpool” itself is barely a film in the sense that films capture real people and things on celluloid (or digital). In its cartoonish plot and characters and its physics-bending world, it’s almost closer to animation—the video shows that the balance between what’s recorded in the camera and what’s generated from computers was highly malleable. In short, almost everything in “Deadpool” was fake. Except for the sophomoric humor; that was totally real.