The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Shortly after wrapping up VFX for Insurgent, the first chapter of The Divergent Series, Luma was invited back to work on Allegiant, together with old friends, director Robert Schwentke and VFX producer Erika McKee, and for the first time with VFX supervisor Stefen Fangmeier.

In this chapter, Tris escapes with Four to journey beyond the wall that encloses Chicago. For the first time, they leave the only city and family they have ever known to find a peaceful solution.


Robert Schwentke




Luma Pictures

The Luma team created several parts of Factionless, a completely impoverished environment in the ruined section of Chicago. This required a great level of detail, entailing foreground building set extensions for the Factionless HQ, with multiple layers of CG buildings in mid ground areas, ending up with a fully CG destroyed Chicago.

Many of these shots involved building and extending the train/boxcars. The train tracks in various Factionless shots were CG add ins – this what is referred to as as ‘hidden’ VFX.

Luma worked on a collection of interior Factionless shots, which entailed ceiling set extensions and smoke/atmosphere addition – again, more ‘hidden’ VFX.

Finally, Luma worked on a number of shots known as the ‘tarmac view’ within the airport decay sequence. For these shots the team was supplied reference of another vendor’s exterior tarmac design. The team used this reference as well as drawing from the real Chicago O’Hare International Airport to build a custom matte painting ‘at magic hour’, which was composited into windows looking out from inside the abandoned airport.

I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.

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