Season 1 of The Last of Us series came to an end and the last episode recreated one of the most emotional moments of the series. The team wanted to make it as realistic as possible that they decided not to use CGI in one of its most important elements.
SPOILER: Here’s a nice moment from The Last of Us that doesn’t have any plot details, but you might want to skip it to see it for yourself in the series.
Of course, we’re talking about the moment when Ellie and Joel encounter and interact with a giraffe.
This scene could not be missing from the TV series, so they decided to recreate it in a traditional way, so they used a real giraffe to record it instead of using CGI or computer animation.
“Yes, you can create a giraffe with special effects, but it’s not the same,” said Matt Palmer, location manager for episodes 8 and 9.
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How was the giraffe scene filmed in The Last of Us?
HBO shared 1 additional video exclusively on HBO Max to show behind-the-scenes details, including Turnip, the giraffe featured in Episode 9, Look for the Light.
Production designer John Paino mentioned that luckily in Alberta, Canada (where filming for the series took place), there is a zoo with giraffes.
For filming, the production team covered a section of the zoo with blue blankets to record Ellie and Joel’s interaction with the giraffe for the editing team to do their CGI work later on.
Below you can see an image of the shoot.
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