Posted on Sunday, August 30th, 2020 Leave a comment
From the publication:
Directed by Doomsday Entertainment's Hiro Murai, the visually unique video is based on the sensual movements of Wushu martial arts that depict the complex relationship between the two main characters.
MPC worked closely with Murai throughout, helping create the choreographed battle sequence between buildings, epic blows through storefronts, and a dramatic final scene in which FKA twigs are cut in half with a samurai sword. Digital matte painting has also been used everywhere to build up and enhance the gritty backgrounds.
The VFX team, led by MPC's Creative Director Michael Gregory, VFX Supervisor Toya Drechsler and CG Supervisor Corinne DeOrsay helped define the epic ending sequence, including the anatomy of the post-slice part of the FKA.
Gregory commented, “We did a test shoot beforehand to see how the split would work and how to practically shoot it. We then modeled them in 3D and divided them in two from the waist up. We re-projected the live action over the split model and created a hollow shell for the CG to come up. "
He added, “It was important that the sequence wasn't bloody or bloody. instead it had to look beautiful and otherworldly. For her new inner body, we designed in 2D based on some of Hiro's keyframes and then moved on to developing the 3D look, with Hiro's original vision organically morphing into something we were all happy with. "
Check out a breakdown of the FKA Twigs slice shot:
Production: Doomsday Entertainment
Director: Hiro Murai
DoP: Larkin Seiple
Producers: Jason Cole, Danielle Hinde, Brad Weston, Anita Gou, Hiro Murai, Nate Matteson, Michael Stirton, FKA branches
Production service provider (UK): FREUND
Creative Director – Michael Gregory
Executive producer – Elexis Stearn
Senior VFX Producer – Nicole Saccardi
VFX Coordinator – John Edson
Production Manager – Sanchit Soi
Production Coordinator – Sririthika Iyer
VFX Supervisor – Toya Drechsler
CG Supervisor – Corinne DeOrsay
VFX Set Supervisors – Zdravko "Zee" Stoitchkov, Jim Radford
Bangalore head of 2D – Siju Murugan
Prep Lead – Ragesh Ramachandran
Roto Lead – Mahendranatha Reddy
Guidance – Siva Priyan Seetharaman
FX artist – Jinguang Huang
Lighter – Mason Dash
Modeler – Christian Sanchez
Composers – Andy Roberts, Navid Sanati, Hector Cabrera, Luis Artigas, Peter Ulukpo, Balakrishnan Ramadoss, George Gijo Peter, Nanda Kumar Perumal Pillai, Stevenson G.
Preparation team – Alex J., Arulanandhan P., Jaswan Vishnu Prasath Balla Mohan Rao, Jayakumar R., Padmapriya K., Veerapandiyan Devendhiran
Rigging – Gretchen Asmar
Roto – Ravisankar S, Suvojit Ghosh
Persecution – Ankit Dheraj Toppo, Gayathri Sakthivel, Muruganantham T., Muthyalakrishnaiah Doddi, Nithin T. K., Sathya Narayanan, Shridhar Bhat, Sreenivasa Aditya, Tejashwini N., Vishal Bhaskar Darkunde
Colorist – Ricky Gausis
Executive producer, color – Meghan Lang Bice
Color producer – Sasha Pace
Color Assistant – Sam Ziaie
Editor: Luke Lynch
Sound design / mix: Trevor Gates