Callie Spengler inherits a farmhouse from her late father Egon; her children assume the responsibilities of their grandfather’s ghostbusting business; and director Jason Reitman takes the reins of his own father’s franchise, making a Ghostbusters film for both veteran fans and a new generation.
In this fourth Ghostbusters outing, Reitman takes the paranormal action out of New York City—where Egon, Ray, Peter, and Winston once busted the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and stormed down Fifth Avenue in a vivified Statue of Liberty—and sets it instead in the small town of Summerville, Oklahoma. Here, new cast members Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd interact with characters new and familiar; in the flesh and in spirit.
Although the younger Reitman had not delivered a VFX-heavy feature before, he had plenty of support from visual effects supervisors Sheena Duggal and Alessandro Ongaro, the latter taking over when Duggal went to work on Venom: Let There be Carnage. Duggal and Ongaro worked with lead vendor DNEG alongside MPC, Crafty Apes, and Proof across 1,100 VFX shots, using cineSync along the way to ensure no one got their beams crossed.
“I lived on cineSync!” says Ongaro. “We used cineSync for every review. It made it easy to give creative notes, make annotations, and get Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s shots where they needed to be.”