Based on a true story, Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston star in the story of surfer Jay Moriarity, who sets out to ride the legendary Northern California break known as Mavericks.
A wide range of effects were woven into the film including: 3D animation, wave manipulation and face replacements. The dynamic visual effects for Mavericks have been designed and produced by Digital Sandbox.
A behind the scene breakdown of face replacements and actors performance for the most innovate "invisible effects" - FX Guide Article 2/5/13
Some kind words for the "invisible effects" in Chasing Mavericks
The Wrap 10/25/12:
"If the surfing scenes are real, then they’re breathtaking; if they’re faked, then they’ve been faked brilliantly."
"Both thesps were surfing novices at the start of shooting but look quite convincing on their longboards, thanks to hours of arduous training"
"The eye-popping water footage looks digitally undoctored and entirely persuasive, generally maintaining a certain long-shot distance that allows audiences to see the surfers' bodies in motion, thrillingly dwarfed by 40- and 50-foot waves. "