Thursday, April 11, 2019

ARTICLE: BROADCAST TECH'S VFX SHOWCASE

 

This article was originally published in the April edition of Broadcast TECH

The VFX team at Molinare, headed by Dolores McGinley, completed more than 1,200 shots for the latest 10-episode season of Strike Back for Sky.

The opening episodes for the seventh series of Strike Back, produced by Left Bank Pictures, involved some of the most ambitious VFX work. 

Episode one climaxed with a night-time shootout on a skyscraper rooftop in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The rooftop set, designed by production designer Mike Gunn, was built on a raised platform in an open car park. 

The team used a combination of Nuke, Flame and Maya to extend the cityscape of Kuala Lumpur far beyond the set, where a helicopter escape scene took place. 

For this sequence, Molinare's VFX team created a series of dramatic matte paintings with live atmos, lighting plates, gunfire and blood effects over 96 shots.

Similarly, episode two's dramatic conclusion involved a fight on a container, which was seemingly suspended beneath another helicopter. The container was raised using a large construction crane and the team painted out wires, added large explosions and composited plates of the helicopter filmed for the scene. 

The on-set supervisor spent two weeks at the location liaising with production to plan both shoots, capturing camera data and reference material for the scene.