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FX and MPC Develop Disturbing Visual Effects for American Horror Story Apocalypse

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FX and MPC’s teams continue the award-winning creative collaboration that has fuelled content for hit shows including Atlanta, Snowfall and Legion

FX and MPC Develop Disturbing Visual Effects for American Horror Story Apocalypse

FX Networks, home to some of television’s most critically-acclaimed dramas and comedies, is also a hub for creative innovation and excellence in multi-platform content and advertising. MPC’s VFX team has been the “go to” team of choice for FX’s highest profile premium campaigns. 

Robert Owens, Managing Director of MPC LA, has a long-standing and prolific relationship with FX Networks.  

His partnership with their Creative and Advertising teams has been going strong for more than 12 years.  “Our relationship with them is one-of-a-kind.  We work as one creative team helping them make their unique and imaginative concepts a reality.  

Each campaign is like a small movie.  The team works collaboratively to find the most original approach to each idea.”


“Robert and MPC are exquisite,” said Stephanie Gibbons, President Marketing, Creative, and Digital Media for FX Networks.  “They are with us every step of the way from shoot through finish.  We are tied at the hip and rely on their visionary VFX expertise   to elevate every concept.”

The collaborative relationship with MPC began with the season 2 Atlanta campaign “Spotlight” teasers and continued through campaigns for Snowfall and Legion.  MPC Creative Director Rob Hodgson lead the visual effects team for all three projects. Hodgson describes the relationship as “unique.”  “I think we work so great together because FX understands the entire process and are always open to our suggestions and creative input. We get involved at the early stages and help determine what can be achieved and then bring that vision to life.”

The most recent collaboration between MPC and FX Networks in on the broadcast and social campaign for the latest season of the wildly popular anthology series American Horror Story: Apocalypse. MPC handled the VFX for nine abstract teasers set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world.  Each teaser was a unique standalone filmic piece.

The MPC team made the supernatural sequences look as photo-real as possible — with many of the teasers requiring complex visual effects and creative problem solving along the way.  Paul Tolton teamed with FX to direct the pieces. 

One of the most challenging teasers, in terms of effects, was “Fall Out,” which shows a woman’s hair being brushed with a demonic comb as large clumps of hair fall out. 

What isn’t clear to the viewer, is that all of the hair was built in CG to control the fall out. Morten Vinther, Creative Director at MPC’s LA studio, described the process: “The whole campaign, especially “Fall Out”, really allowed us to flex our creative muscles. We created a full head of hair in CG, which allowed us to play around with different ways as to how the hair fell out from the head as it was being combed. We explored many different approaches, taking the lighting and shadows into consideration to make it look as realistic and disturbing as possible.”

Another teaser, “Hush,” was also a complex execution, featuring a baby covered in a red substance who is given a pacifier by a devil-like hand. This required using both an animatronics baby as well as an actual baby. The animatronics baby with a wet glossy look was used on set, but it had a limited a range of emotions and so a real baby was filmed for additional facial references. Combining both allowed the team to add realistic emotions to the CG baby, which required extensive match move but ultimately gave the performance needed.

Vinther commented: “The team at FX Networks trusts and values our input, and they see us as part of the creative process. We advise on what is possible, and we work closely all the way through until the final look for each teaser is achieved. At times we are even adjusting concepts along the way to ensure the best possible result.”

But it’s not just visual effects that MPC has brought to the table – MPC LA’s Senior Colorist Ricky Gausis has graded both seasons of the multi award-winning series Atlanta, with Gausis having a deep creative partnership with the director of the show, Hiro Murai. For Comic Con in 2017, FX Networks also worked with MPC’s Immersive team for an exhibition for Legion called “Sessions”. Fans of the show had the opportunity to tap into the mind of main character David Haller, mixing reality through interactive objects, live actors and physical environments.

Owens sums up the relationship between MPC and FX Networks: “We have a great working and creative partnership with the team at FX, and the key factor is trust: the teams both at FX and MPC trust and value each other’s creative opinions, making stunning breakthrough promos for truly exceptional TV shows.”


CREDITS

FX Networks

Stephanie Gibbons – Creative Director/President, Multi-Platform Marketing, FX Networks

John Varvi – Creative Director/EVP, Multi-Platform Marketing, FX Networks

Paul Tolton – Director / DP

Carol Weiler – SVP, Content & Editorial

Kenna McCabe – SVP, Special Projects & Production

Elizabeth Knight – VP, Special Projects & Production

Julie Graham – VP, Special Projects & Production

Bryce Olson – Director, Post Production

Production Company – Firefly Creative

Firefly Creative Producer – John Winter

Editorial – MOCEAN and Philippe Bergerioux

Color – Sim International

Colorist: Rob Sciarratta

MPC

HAND TO MOUTH: 

Creative Director:  Morten Vinther

VFX Set Supervisors:  Gustavo Bellon

VFX Supervisor:  Oliver Caiden 

CG Supervisor: Ryan McDougal 

Modeler: Rodrigo Carrasco, Lim Bunu  

Animator: Dan Wawrzaszek

FX: Josh Hatton

Rigger: Meghan Sesnie 

Lighter: Matthew Maude 

Matchmove: Elangovan Ganeshan

Roto: Sriram Parameshwaran, Rajeshkumar Panjalingam

Executive Producer: Karen Anderson

Producer: Nicole Saccardi 

Coordinator:  Stefani Na

Line Producer: Neela Kumuda Parankusham

SHOCKWAVE: 

Creative Director:  Morten Vinther

VFX Set Supervisors:  Gustavo Bellon

VFX Supervisor:  Gustavo Bellon

CG Supervisor: Ryan McDougal 

FX: Kevin Gillen

Lighter: Brendon Echsner

Modeler: Lim Bunu

Roto:  Shagandeep Kaur

Digital Matte Painter:  Radhakrishna Rethinasamy, Srinivas Achary

Executive Producer: Karen Anderson

Producer: Nicole Saccardi 

Coordinator:  Stefani Na

Line Producer: Neela Kumuda Parankusham

RADIOACTIVE MIST: 

Creative Director: Morten Vinther

VFX Set Supervisor:  Gustavo Bellon

Roto:  Rajesh Kumar

Executive Producer: Karen Anderson

Producer: Nicole Saccardi 

Coordinator:  Stefani Na

Line Producer: Neela Kumuda Parankusham

FIG:

Creative Director:  Morten Vinther

VFX Set Supervisors:  Gustavo Bellon, Morten Vinther, Toya Drechsler

VFX Supervisor:  Gustavo Bellon

2D Compositor: Sandra Ross 

Roto:  Jon Rogala, Peter Ulukpo, Ravisankar S, Jegadeesan Velautham, Subbaiyan Ramalingam, Sudev Erattengal

Executive Producer: Karen Anderson

Producer: Nicole Saccardi 

Coordinator:  Stefani Na

Line Producer: Neela Kumuda Parankusham

HAND OUT:

Creative Director:  Morten Vinther

VFX Set Supervisors:  Gustavo Bellon, Toya Drechsler

Lead Compositor:  Sandra Ross  

Executive Producer: Karen Anderson

Producer: Nicole Saccardi 

Coordinator:  Stefani Na

EXHALE: 

Creative Director:  Morten Vinther

VFX Set Supervisors:  Gustavo Bellon, Morten Vinther

VFX Supervisors:  Morten Vinther, Rodrigo Jimenez

CG Supervisor: Ryan McDougal 

Animator: Andrew Price 

FX: Jinguang Huang, Andy Sheng

Lighter: Brendon Echsner, Matthew Maude

Modeler: Rodrigo Carrasco, Lim Bunu

Rigger: Meghan Sesnie

Roto: Shagandeep Kaur, Rajesh Kumar

Matchmove: Sreenivasa Aditya Yanamalachintala,  Konduru Achi Raju, Ajith PA

DMP: Srinivas Achary, Radhakrishna Rethinasamy

Executive Producer: Karen Anderson

Producer: Nicole Saccardi 

Coordinator:  Stefani Na

Line Producer: Neela Kumuda Parankusham

FALL OUT: 

Creative Director:  Morten Vinther

VFX Set Supervisor:  Morten Vinther

VFX Supervisor:  Rodrigo Jimenez

CG Supervisor: Ryan McDougal 

Compositor: Sandra Ross 

Roto: Shagandeep Kaur, Rajesh Kumar

Clean Up: Joshua Pena, Peter Ulukpo, Jon Rogala

Matchmove: Sreenivasa Aditya Yanamalachintala, Ankit Dheraj Toppo

Groom: Francisco Fraga

FX: Andy Sheng

Lighter: Rune Mansson, Brendon Echsner

Modeler: Lim Bunu

DMP: Srinivas Achary

Executive Producer: Karen Anderson

Producer: Nicole Saccardi 

Coordinator:  Stefani Na

Line Producer: Neela Kumuda Parankusham

HUSH: 

Creative Director:  Morten Vinther

VFX Set Supervisors:  Gustavo Bellon, Morten Vinther, Toya Drechsler

VFX Supervisor: Oliver Caiden 

CG Supervisor: Ryan McDougal 

Animator: Dan Wawrzaszek

FX: Jinguang Huang 

Lighter: Matthew Maude 

Modeler: Rodrigo Carrasco, Joel Durham, Lim Bunu  

Rigger: Meghan Sesnie

Roto: Rajesh Kumar, Shagandeep Kaur

Matchmove: Elangovan Ganeshan, Ankit Dheraj Toppo, Siva Priyan

DMP: Srinivas Achary

Executive Producer: Karen Anderson

Producer: Nicole Saccardi 

Coordinator:  Stefani Na

Line Producer: Neela Kumuda Parankusham

MIND BLOWING: 

Creative Director:  Morten Vinther

VFX Set Supervisors:  Gustavo Bellon, Morten Vinther

VFX Supervisor:  Rodrigo Jimenez 

CG Supervisor: Josh Hatton 

FX: Josh Hatton, Andy Sheng 

Lighter: Brendon Echsner 

Matchmove:  Konduru Achi Raju

Executive Producer: Karen Anderson

Producer: Nicole Saccardi 

Coordinator:  Stefani Na

Line Producer: Neela Kumuda Parankusham

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MPC LA, Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:26:50 GMT