MPC and FX Promos teamed up to create the ‘Amorphous’ teaser for the eagerly anticipated second season of Legion. The 30-second spot, directed by FX Promo’s Paul Tolton with VFX by MPC, aired in the lead up to the second series premiere, showcasing the main character’s multiple personalities in an eerie, mesmerising morph sequence.
MPC handled all VFX for the spot - the team worked with the raw footage of each of the six characters to morph their faces together seamlessly. Each character was shot using a motion-controlled camera against a green screen in white light, with the character’s heads leaning back on a stand so that they were lined up exactly the same.
This project wasn’t a straightforward, linear VFX job.
Toya Drechsler, 2D Lead at MPC, said: “Quite often we start off with something really raw and it’s our job to refine it until it looks perfect – in this project, we were able to add more character sequences and more frames into the final film and we had the freedom to develop it as we went along.”
She added: “Everything was in motion, so we could bring any character in at any point. The only thing that we had to guide us was the audio track with the characters speaking”.
Unique facial traits, eye blinks and facial expressions had to be taken into account when crafting the spot. Toya and the team wanted to make the sequence as authentic as possible, so the team analysed each character in previous episodes of the series while they were working on the spot. “We wanted to capture all of the little nuances of how each character’s face looked as they reacted to what others were saying. That was an interesting thing to play around with for us.”
It was also important for the character’s eyes to remain consistent during a face morphing sequence. Toya commented: “We had to ensure that everyone’s eyes were lined up to maintain intense eye contact with the viewer, as people are automatically drawn to the eyes. However, no person’s face and neck shapes are the same, so we had to do a lot of warping and morphing to match them up.”
‘Amorphous’ was part of a wider campaign of 30-second teasers that was launched by Legion ahead of the season premiere, and MPC partnered up with FX Promos on two of these.
Creative Director: Rob Hodgson
VFX Supervisor: “Morph” - Toya Drechsler
“Bridge” Gustavo Bellon
2D Compositors: Sandra Ross, Eric Weinschenk, Hector Cabrera, Kathleen Kirkman, Gizmo Rivera, Dylan Brown, Anand Sagar, Bala Krishnan R, Dilshad Alam, Gijo Abraham George, Gopalsamy SC, Jahnvi Mistry, Karthik C, Mithun Alex, Ragesh R, Rajinikanth R, S Rajesh, S. Samson Samuel, Vipin tripathi
CG Supervisor: Clement Ranaudin
Clean Up: Aginesh, Ajeet Pratap Singh, Alex J., Anupam Kumar, Arulanandhan, Jaswan Vishnu Prasath, K. Gandhiraj, Kamalkant Shrivastav, M D Karthikeyan, Maneesh Kumar, Naresh, Pramod Dwivedi, Stevenson G, Suresh Pitchuka, Vaishali Awanghade
Roto: Bruno Roosewelt, Kishan Katrimal, Likin Ganpathy CP, Manu PS, Muthu Vishnu, Praveenkumar Samiraj, R Vignesh, S Ravisankar, Shagandeep Kaur
Tracking: Ajith PA, Ankit Dheraj Toppo, Earnest Victor, Elangovan Ganeshan, Manohar Rao V, Mohammad Qasim, Muruganantham T, Shaik Abdul Rahim, Shristi, Sanyal, Sivapriyan, Sravan Kumar, Sreenivasa Aditya Yanamalachintala, Srikanth S
DMP: Rocco Gioffre, Edward Grad
Modeller: Rodrigo Carrasco, Joel Durham
Lighter: Nate Skeen, Kyung Park, Brendon Echsner
Executive Producer: Robert Owens
Producer: Nicole Saccardi
Coordinator: Casey Cagel
Line Producer: Mathan Prabhu
Colourist: Ricky Gausis
Colour assist: Tanner Hladek, Dimitri Rajapakse