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THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS

Production Company: Powers, BBC

Director: Nick Copus

Production Designer:  Joel Collins

VFX Art Director: Dan May

Digital Matte Painter: Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn

Art Director: Robyn Paiba

 

The Day of Triffids was the first production that allowed us to put all our combined skills to the test. Painting Practice offered producer Stephen Smallwood the full package of an art department, from conceptualizing the first Triffid right through to completing six of the finished VFX shots.

 

Triffids are massive carnivorous plants. Despite the Triffids’ appearances being predominantly CG, the production commissioned several parts of the Triffids to be made. We manufactured everything from the closed ‘Farm Triffids’, to dismembered leg roots and leaf bits, to a fully dissectible Triffid head. In order to get sign off on the final Triffid design, we put the designs into a ‘Kingsley Press’ style context, giving a biological explanation to all parts of the Triffid. The approach was very helpful both the shoot and post production. 

 

Our matte painting team delivered six final shots for the film, from the backdrops for the Triffid Farm during the opening sequence to the devastation after the Triffids’ escape.

Joel Collins was awarded a Bafta for Best Visual Effects on The Day of The Triffids and shares it with the rest of the Painting Practice team. 

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Concept Greenhouse Exterior
Concept Greenhouse Exterior
Concept Greenhouse Exterior
Concept Greenhouse Interior
Concept Greenhouse Interior
Concept Greenhouse Interior
Concept Triffids in Greenhouse
Concept Triffids in Greenhouse
Concept Triffids in Greenhouse
Making the Triffids - Picture of set Greenhouse
Making the Triffids - Picture of set Greenhouse
Making the Triffids - Picture of set Greenhouse
VFX shot
VFX shot
VFX shot
Matte painting
Matte painting
Matte painting

The Day of the Triffids was my first job with the studio - back then I was a freelance matte painter. It was a challenge from start to finish covering previz, concept design and VFX post-production.

Justin
Senior Partner

In many ways it was the first time we employed our studio approach across a large scale production, and we won a Bafta for it!

Justin
Senior Partner
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