DIVE VFX produced approximately 175 shots as lead VFX House on Director David O. Russell’s film “Silver Linings Playbook,” which premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award. The film has garnered eight Oscar nominations, and star Jennifer Lawrence won the “Best Actress” Award at the Golden Globes.
The team at DIVE, a division of ShootersINC, who specialize in VFX and picture finishing for feature films, television shows and commercials, supervised on-set and in post to help the director create the polished look of the film, which was shot mostly via handheld camera. DIVE worked on a variety of effects, such as reflections and shadow removal of crews and camera throughout the film. The team’s work ranged from a photo real CGI book crashing through a window to TV and iPod monitor replacements to set touch ups, all the way to de-greening grass to make the surroundings seasonally appropriate.
Shot in and around the Philadelphia area, “Silver Linings Playbook” stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, and Chris Tucker. The film tells the story of Pat (Cooper), a former teacher who returns to his parents’ home after spending time in a mental health facility. He strikes a deal with a new acquaintance, the mysterious and quirky Tiffany (Lawrence), to help him reunite with his ex-wife.
“’Silver Linings Playbook’ was a 2D and Paint-heavy show, with no in-your-face visual effects,” says DIVE Visual Effects Supervisor Ed Mendez.
Experts at this type of work, DIVE took pains to compare their tracking, grain, and color levels with the non-visual effects shots within the film. The key was to ensure that DIVE’s work was seamless. This included leaving the normal lens characteristics and flares in shots that needed visual effects work.
Since winning the audience award at Toronto, the film has won a number of other festival awards and opened the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, in addition to the eight Oscar nominations and Jennifer Lawrence’s Golden Globe award win for “Best Actress.” “Silver Linings Playbook” opened nationally on November 21, 2012.
Silver Linings Playbook
Novel by Matthew Quick
Directed/Screenplay by David O. Russell
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Ed Mendez VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR
Marko Forker VISUAL EFFECTS CREATIVE SUPERVISOR
David James VISUAL EFFECTS PRODUCER
Ian Markiewicz VISUAL EFFECTS COORDINATOR
Bob Lowery VISUAL EFFECTS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Andy Williams VISUAL EFFECTS PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Bryan Baker VISUAL EFFECTS EDITOR
Tyler Lockard COMPOSITOR
Colton Miller COMPOSITOR
Matthew Robertson COMPOSITOR
Anton Moss COMPOSITOR
Jeremy Fernsler 3D LEAD
Mark Longchamps PAINT ARTIST