Director: Sophie Muller
DP: Simon Thirlaway
VFX Producer: @samalko
This was a very fun and technical project that we took on with Pretty Bird and director Sophie Muller. The video had multiple heavy simulations, animations, and 3D.
The most challenging sequence was the bonfire opening shot of the video. We had to make a 3D burning character and simulate the shell falling off of Blake as he was getting up and coming out of the fire. We accomplished this using simulated fire in houdini as well as live action fire shots that we composited over. The 3D character had to be rotomached to Blake and his movement and the fire shell was simulated to fall off as he got up and walked.
We had to remake all of the fire logs in 3D to properly place all of the fire on it and give proper shape for our 3D character while he was grabbing it.
The creek scene had to be all simulated. The director had this vision for the splash to be much larger giving Blake super powers. We recreated Blake’s hand movement and made the splash effect in houdini then comped it over our shot as well as fire, smoke and fog elements.
This was a great project to be part of! We had many complicated VFX sequences that our team tackled and put their touch on. Please see the full VFX breakdown below: