A promotional image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman


This project was completed by Method Studios in 2018. Method’s film and episodic teams in Montréal, Vancouver and Melbourne are now a fully-integrated part of Framestore. 

Effects Simulation
Digital Humans

Warner Bros.’ Aquaman, directed by James Wan, reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) in an action-packed adventure that features breathtaking locales, underwater worlds, and supernatural characters. The creative studio rose to the challenge, creating two of the movie’s key sequences – the pursuit of Arthur and Mera (Amber Heard) through a Sicilian seaside village and an underwater journey into the Well of Souls.

Filmed dry-for-wet, Momoa was captured on set in rigs that simulated underwater movements but ultimately felt restrictive; the artists replaced the majority of his performance and added the CG environment, Karathen and Arthur’s free-flowing locks, which feature an undone aesthetic that served as the guideline for how his hair should look throughout the film. The team also crafted a psychedelic 700-frame shot dubbed by Wan as ‘The Quickening,’ for which they were given loose direction to create a journey through Arthur’s mind’s eye.

a face close up of actor jason momoa as aquaman staring directly into the camera through the head of a trident
actor jason momoa as aquaman blessing someone with a trident underwater
buildings and houses of a sicilian village
aerial view of a sicilian coast town near the sea
deep seascapes underwater
a turtle that is illuminated with gold lines in its body