Production: Unigram / AI-Film / Altitude Film Entertainment
Director: Owen Harris
VFX Supervisor: Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn
Just over a year ago we had the pleasure to be involved in the visual effects of Owen Harris’s feature debut, Kill Your Friends. Based on the popular novel by John Niven the story follows the ruthless and murderous nature in which Steven Stelfox, played by Nicholas Hoult, rises to the top of a successful A&R company. As VFX supervisor on the show, Justin steered our matte painting team through the process of generating over 7 matte paintings. All the matte paintings reflected the same location but at various times of day. We provided exterior back drop to the interior of the Unigram office which was shot entirely on the stage.
A degree of pre-planning was required in order to work out what would be seen out of the office windows at all angles. For this we built a basic model of the set and then created an exterior model of the surrounding architecture. That way we could offer the luxury of precise shot planning to DOP Gustav Danielson. The final results are seamless and the film is cracking, taking the audience back to the glorious days of 90s Brit Pop and Dance culture, with a very dark sense of humour.
I've known the team at Painting Practice a long time so I was incredibly grateful to get their support on my first feature film.
A constant source of creative ideas and solutions. Fun to work with and real collaborators. A great company - and always good company. Apart from Dan.