MAKING A MONSTER – PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF LOW BUDGET VFX
With Jon Wright and Paddy Eason
Director Jon Wright and VFX supervisor Paddy Eason (Nvizible) discuss the creative, technical and budgetary challenges involved in bringing writer Kevin Lehane’s brilliant script to the big screen.
Grabbers tells the story of a small Irish fishing village’s heroic fight against tentacled alien sea monsters that, fortunately for the villagers, happen to be allergic to alcohol. Attracting comparisons to films as diverse as Tremors, Waking Ned, Shaun of the Dead, Alien and The Guard, Grabbers is proving a hit on the festival circuit, and promises to be a box office success in its native Ireland and beyond. The film has strong elements of romantic comedy and Sci-Fi, but equally key are the monsters, which effectively form one of the key characters.
Wright and production company Forward Films (who had worked with Eason’s VFX company Nvizible before on Wright’s debut Tormented) collaborated closely with Nvizible from the earliest days of pre-production. In order to deliver really satisfying creature effects on what was quite a restricted budget, a very careful balance between physical creature effects and CGI had to be struck. Key decisions about the creature’s scale, shape and behaviour had to be made.
The shoot was completed over 7 weeks around Belfast and Donegal, during one of the harshest winters for years. Eason attended throughout the shoot, along with a small VFX team from Nvizible including CG Supervisor Martin Chamney and VFX Producer Gil James, in order to ensure that all material required to complete the film’s VFX was captured. Nine months of VFX post production ensued, with a small team of animators, creature modellers, paint artists, CG lighters and compositors working under Eason and Wright’s direction, dedicated to polishing the film’s 200 effects shots.
Now the film is out, and to everyone’s delight it is garnering excellent reviews that frequently and enthusiastically applaud the creature effects.
OTHER VFX EVENTS AT DARKLIGHT
Grabbers Outdoor Screening. MORE INFO AND TICKETS HERE
The End Of The Earth Is My Home screening and workshop – click here for details and tickets http://www.darklight.ie/festival-2012/feature-films/teoteimh/ http://www.darklight.ie/festival-2012/feature-films/grabbers/
Selection of films featuring LoFi VFX – click here for details and tickets