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Blind Pig Beats Covid-19 Boredom with Netflix Series 'Letter for the King'

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The sister company to Absolute Post worked on animated sequences for the series
Blind Pig Beats Covid-19 Boredom with Netflix Series 'Letter for the King'

In the midst of the Global Covid-19 pandemic: Blind Pig have successfully delivered their first Netflix project for: The Letter For The King – which goes live on Netflix, Friday 20th March.

The Letter For The King is the story of a ruthless prince who threatens to cast the world into darkness, and a young knight in training and his band of unexpected friends who embark on an epic quest to deliver a secret letter to the king to save the world.

The story is based on the best-selling novel of the same name and the six-episode original series is written and executive produced by Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon, Johnny English, Puss in Boots), Paul Trijbits (Saving Mr. Banks, Sing Street, The Casual Vacancy).

Blind Pig, sister company to Absolute Post, were thrilled to be invited to work directly with Netflix on the two animated sequences in the series, the ’Strained Glass Window' in Episode One and the ‘Manuscript’ story in Episode Six.

Ric Comline, co founder and creative director says: “We are so proud to have collaborated on this project. We first conceptualised how the windows will appear and the story should be told through the various glass panels.

After extensive research into glass stained windows and the many different historic design styles (and even a church visit), we created a variety of options of environment and characters to fit into the live-action plate.

Bringing the story to life by animating the characters on the glass panels including an extensive compositing process to match the lighting and mood of the live-action church, as well as our protagonist’s point-of-view, as it was all observed though his warped vision.

In the first episode of the series our protagonist Tiuri enters a church in a test of endurance, in which he hallucinates the untimely demise of the heroic black knight in a fevery haze on the church's grand and towering stained glass window. In direct collaboration with Netflix and the series’ show runners and director, we were tasked to reimagine and redesign the magnificent stained glass window that will then come alive.

Ric adds: “For the 6th Episode: we began referencing old scriptures and books, we also explored how the story could evolve from page to page. Testing papery textures, flat drawings yet dynamic and fluid ink effects we used these styles to emphasise the contract of the peaceful kingdom and the dooming present of the monster.

"We developed a vast amount of concept art and character design, giving our hero and our monster three-dimensional personalities in a two-dimensional world. The visuals were then brought to life in animation, playing off the 2D papery texture of our peaceful villagers and hero, against the inky fluid animation of the monster."

Finally extensive compositing allowed us to pull in and out of the book of the live-action shot, taking the viewers into a seamless journey into the story and back out again.” The full series of 'The Letter For The King' can be seen on Netflix from Friday 20th March. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Thierry Levy, Executive Producer at Blind Pig on: thierry@blindpig.tv.

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Client

Advertiser: NETFLIX

Project: The Letter For The King

Show runners/ Exec Producers: Will Davies & Paul Trijbits

VFX Producer: Gilbert James

VFX Supervisor: Grant Everett

VFX Coordinator: Jimmy Knowles

Animation: Blind Pig

Creative Director: Ric Comline

Executive Producer: Thierry Levy

Art Director: Sean Cooper

Design: Rhys Humphrys, Sean Cooper, Lawrence Scanlon, Christine Peters, Niall High, Ada Polcyn, Henry Mata

Animation: Ric Comline, Sean Cooper, Lawrence Scanlon, Ada Polcyn, Yukari Schrickel

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Absolute Post

CG & Compositing: James Coore, Mike Simmons, Tom Clapp

Absolute Post, Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:44:05 GMT