Filmed at Fox Studios Australia and locations around Sydney, Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder” finds the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — one of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taiki Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who — to Thor’s surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together they venture out on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
The film is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Waititi and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, “Thor: Love and Thunder” opened in cinemas on July 7, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder was attracted to Australia with financial support from the Australian Government’s Location Incentive program. The production was also financially supported by Screen NSW’s Made In NSW – International Footloose Fund. It also received on-ground assistance from Screen NSW’s Production Attraction Team, which works closely with productions scouting and filming in NSW.
VFX and editorial services were provided out of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Four of Australia’s leading visual effects studios delivered stunning VFX underpinned by additional financial support for post, digital and VFX incentives provided by the South Australian Government via South Australian Film Corporation and the Victorian Government via VicScreen.
MADE IN NSW
NEW SOUTH WALES HELPS TAIKA WAITITI’S VIVID RE-IMAGINING OF THOR COME TO LIFE IN SYDNEY!
New South Wales was the perfect location to bring the production to life with its myriad of locations, world-class sound stages, post and VFX studios, expert crews and broad talent pool.
Director Taika Waititi as Korg and Chris Hemsworth as Thor on the set of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder filmed at Fox Studios Australia. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved
“What sets this movie apart is that, at its heart, it’s a love story”
Brian Chapek Executive Producer, Thor: Love and Thunder.
“We’ve seen Thor grow so much over the years. After the events of Avengers: Endgame, we started to see cracks in his armour. He started to feel some ownership over all the people he’s lost in his life.” Chapek mentions, but if it’s villains, creatures and a whole lot of thunder and lightning you are after, Waititi and his team deliver on this too.
“Christian as Gorr was mesmerising. He does that thing that Marvel villains do so well, which is that you see their villainy comes from pain, from some unprocessed trauma,” says Tessa Thompson, who plays King Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder.
“Thor: Love and Thunder feels similar to ‘Ragnarok’ in terms of tone and style, but we wanted to double down on how vibrant and crazy the worlds are and the situations we put Thor in,”
Taika Waititi, Director, Thor: Love and Thunder.
To truly immerse the actors in the worlds created by Waititi and his team, Thor: Love and Thunder employed new technology, The Volume, which surrounds the actors in a 360-degree digital environment, rather than positioning them against a blue or green screen. Digital landscapes are completed to around 90% and then fine-tuned with live-action elements. Thor: Love and Thunder is the first MCU production to employ this technology.
“This was an incredible opportunity to expand upon the universe that we’re creating,” said Brian Chapek, Executive Producer on Thor: Love and Thunder. “It allows you to create fully immersive worlds and to create a seamless effect between the real world and the digital world.”
Another wonderful aspect of Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder is the weaving of his own Maori culture and that of Australia’s Indigenous people into the film. This is reflected on screen in the characters and in aspects of the design, and behind the scenes in giving a number of young Indigenous filmmakers the opportunity to shadow Waitiki on set.
Thor’s magnificent cloak was designed by Australian Indigenous Artist, Otis Hope Carey.
LOCATIONS & LIFESTYLE
Sydney is known as a place of great beauty, world-class cast, crew, facilities, and cultural and geographical diversity. Paired with having a world-class facility like Fox Studios Australia, the ingredients Sydney has to offer are a recipe for perfection, enabling a production of this scale to come to life in New South Wales (NSW).
“I think one of the highlights for us in shooting [in Sydney] is that you have a variety of locations … you go an hour this way, you go an hour that way and you’re at the beach, you’re in the mountains, you’re in the city, so it has everything you need to create a very globetrotting feeling movie,” said Brian Chapek, Executive Producer, Thor: Love and Thunder.
But it’s often Sydney’s welcoming, “can-do” attitude that leaves a lasting imprint on filmmakers:
“Without exaggeration, Australia is my favourite place that I have ever shot, and I’ve been all over the place. The people are so welcoming, so warm and they’re just such an amazing group of skilled crew.”
Brian Chapek, Executive Producer of Thor: Love and Thunder
Thor: Love and Thunder was financially supported by Screen NSW’s Made In NSW – International Footloose fund. It also received on-ground assistance from Screen NSW’s Production Attraction Team, which works closely with productions scouting and filming in NSW.
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, THE LARGEST FILM TO SHOOT AT THE EXPANSIVE FOX STUDIOS AUSTRALIA
The state-of-the-art Fox Studios Australia provided nine sound stages plus support facilities including production offices, steel, plaster and construction workshops, art and costume craft shops, dye rooms and post-production facilities.
With a wide range of industry experts on the lot; world-class service and advanced facilities, Fox Studios Australia delivered a true end-to-end offering.
“I’m blown away by everyone, no matter who they were, no matter what department they were in, just the attention to detail and dedication. These are very hard things to make and everyone just walked around with a smile on their face. I’m incredibly grateful for the people here, because you can’t make a movie without them.”
Brian Chapek, Executive Producer of Thor: Love and Thunder
VFX IT IN AUS
FIN DESIGN + EFFECTS TRAVEL TO THE SHADOW REALM FOR MARVEL’S THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER
FIN teamed up with Marvel Studios, VFX Supervisor Jake Morrison and VFX Producer Lisa Marr to deliver 100 shots across three sequences for Taika Waitiki’s Thor: Love and Thunder. “It was definitely a feeling that lightning strikes twice for us when Marvel called with a brief to deliver a colourful journey through space for the show,” says Stuart White, FIN’s VFX Supervisor.
Photo by Jasin Boland. and © Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved