If you’ve seen “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” you know the sequel is filled with CGI, but what you may not realize is that the film made good use of its estimated $200 million budget with plenty of practical effects. The production crew built many of the sets you see in the final movie across 18 sound stages in Fayetteville, Georgia.
That Kurt Russell scene at the beginning of the movie? Not CGI. That’s makeup. Ayesha’s hangout for the Sovereign? Much of that was a practical set.
INSIDER gathered together behind-the-scenes images from photos and b-roll released by Disney and Marvel to show just how much of the film contained practical effects. We’ve already shown you what Groot and Rocket Raccoon look like without visual effects. Keep reading to see what even more of the film looks like behind the scenes.
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An early scene in the film shows off the home of the Sovereign high priestess Ayesha.
As you can see, much of it was built for the film. Production designer Scott Chambliss put a spin on 1930’s art deco to bring the lair to life.
“In the 1930s there’s a great version of the Cleopatra story that Cecil B. DeMille made, so I looked at that,” said Chambliss in the film’s production notes. “So we started with a 1930s feeling to the design process and then just pushed it further and further into 1950s pulp and somehow landed somewhere in the 1970s in Las Vegas.”
“Because the color palette is so limited with the gold, it also feels kind of comic book-like, which is something we were going for too,” he added. “This perfect race that creates everything beautiful is really superficial and they take themselves really seriously, which in itself is ridiculous and beautiful.”
When Drax is cutting away from inside the monster at the film’s start, he wasn’t just pretending to slash away.