With the (virtual) BAFTA Television Craft Awards this Friday night and Milks work on Good Omens for an award in the specialty, graphic and visual effects category, our Emmy award-winning VFX supervisor Jean-Claude Deguara (AKA & # 39; JC & # 39;) revisited his best moments from the project.
"Creating the VFX for Good Omens was one of the most entertaining projects I've ever participated in. It's not often that VFX is created in a comedy context, and we loved the opportunity to have Neil Gaiman and (director) To bring Douglas Mackinnon's vision for Good Omens to life and honor the wonderful imagination of Terry Pratchett (Good Omens was adapted for the screen by Neil from his comedy novel written in 1990 together with Terry).
It is difficult to say which of the most memorable of our list of creative tasks was … to create a 400-foot giant Satan that must burst out of the asphalt at an airfield; recreate an alien spaceship with lollipop sticks for the legs, based on drawings by Douglas & # 39; 10 year old daughter; to find out how to visually show David Tennant's demonic character Crowley traveling the internet looking for another demon, or to fill a call center with maggots!?!
When we broken down the scripts with Neil and Douglas in the early days of the project, it was clear that the challenge would be to add the variety and volume of VFX work – 650 shots in six episodes – to a quick 5-month Add a post Production turnaround with a 60-member VFX crew!
Many of our larger VFX features such as Satan and Kraken appear only once in the entire series as the story quickly approaches the apocalypse (which must be stopped until tea time!). So we had to find a really careful balance between achieving impacts and making sure that they were anchored in reality and therefore immediately recognizable.
The constant access to Neil throughout the production and post was brilliant …
Continuous access to Neil throughout the production and post was brilliant – he often quoted straight from the book to guide us creatively in developing concepts. There was no question that could not be answered! When developing VFX, you don't often get this level of detail.
We have created everything from creatures (a hellhound; a demon and a snake, as well as Satan and the octopus) to environments (heaven – a penthouse with a view of the most important landmarks in the world and a busy street in Soho). feathered wings and a host of effects work, including firing the M25!
But my favorite part of all our work was the beautiful digital Bentley, in which the demon Crowley races through London. Crowley had to drive him through hellfire on the M25 if the car caught fire and burned continuously as he drove towards Armageddon for the culmination of the story.
A real Thrupp & Maberly Bentley 3.5 Derby Coupé from 1934 was found in production, and we modeled it down to the smallest detail to create a CG asset that persisted in a series of full-screen shots. One of the most brilliant moments for me and my crew was when the production brought the Bentley to our studio in Fitzrovia one day so they could see, touch and feel it up close for the ultimate reference.
We are very excited about the BAFTA TV Craft nomination for Good Omens and I am incredibly proud of every member of our talented team and the hard work they have done.
Congratulations also to our crime crime partners Real SFX and Molinares colorist Gareth Spensley, with whom we share the nomination.
Check out our VFX role here …
Greenscreen was the main provider of VFX for Amazon Studios and the six-part TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's acclaimed apocalyptic comedy Good Omens by BBC founder Jean-Claude Deguara.
Good Omens was adapted in equal parts humor, horror, fantasy and drama by Neil Gaiman, who also acted as a show runner and was staged by Douglas Mackinnon.
The end of the world is coming, which means that a fussy angel and a laid-back demon who love life on earth excessively are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy who doesn't know he should bring him at the end of the day, and forced her to go on an adventure to find him and save the world before it did is too late.
Watch Good Omens on Amazon Prime Video