Bryan Singer continues to drop just enough imagery from the set of “X-Men Apocalypse” to keep fans checking back in the hopes of something new. It’s kind of a brilliant marketing strategy. 

His latest? This photo of a storm brewing over Cairo while Storm (Alexandra Shipp) looks on.


#Storm watches over #1983 #Cairo via the magic of real time #simulcam @alexandrashipppp

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One of the most interesting things about this image is the use of Simulcam. The technology is fairly new; it was created for James Cameron during filming on “Avatar.”

Simulcam is the process of combining live actors with computer graphics — both characters and sets — in real time. Instead of putting the actors in motion-capture suits, they camera itself is outfitted with similar technology. This allows the director to see a rough-cut version of the final scene that otherwise wouldn’t be achievable until deep into post-production.

You can see a demonstration below:


The image of Storm isn't the only Egyptian set photo Singer has released in recent days. A couple of contextless photos featuring Ancient Egyptian architecture have also been floating around.


This takes me back to #raidersofthelostark #notallgreenscreen #xmen #xmenapocalypse

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