Haeundae is South Korea's first disaster film and also its largest budgeted film to date. It is on track to attract a record number of viewers, reaching 1 million viewers only four days after its July 23, 2009 release. At its current pace, Haeundae is expected to break the 10 million viewer mark shortly, a attendance reached by only 4 Korean domestic movies to date.
Haeundae centers on a massive tsunami that eradicates South Korea's most famous beach and tourist resort. Polygon's work included a blend of live action and computer graphics production done both locally and in South Korea.
Working closely with the director, Polygon helped shape the design of the complex water scenes to achieve a dramatic, high budget look and feel. To that end, Polygon developed a proprietary omputer graphics water pipeline capable of creating any type of water surface -- stormy ocean, rivers, tsunamis, breaking waves… whatever was required.
Polygon set up an extended special effects shoot on its backlot in San Rafael, constructing a 60-foot diameter water tank complete with two 15,000 gallon dump tanks and wave makers. In addition, Polygon also shot full-scale and miniature pyro to complement the work.