Modus FX Creates Monsters and Mayhem for This Is The End
On-set Efficiency from Previs to the End
Fortunately, James Weaver, producer on the film, as well as Rogen and Goldberg, believed in the advantages of getting the VFX facility involved in early concept work. Modus was glad to be involved in production meetings with heads of all the departments in preproduction to go over the previs and plan the shoot.
“Paul would show Seth and Evan camera angles proposed by Modus, which made it easier for them to figure out the sequence of shots, how they were going to film them, the timing, how many shots there would be and whether it would all work according to the production schedule,” said Wilisky. “The directors were using previs as a tool to give them an idea of the type of camera angles to use before shooting or as an inspiration.”
After Modus FX did this previs, they gave it to the stunt coordinator, Steve Ritzi, who completed all the stunt choreography, shot by shot. “This brought the previs work to another level,” explained Wilisky. “When we got to the set, all of the stunts were already choreographed and everyone knew what angles to use for the shots.”
“This film was a great experience for us,” Wilisky said. “I found New Orleans magical and the set warm and inviting. We’d hear Seth’s contagious laugh in the huge warehouse first thing in the morning and the crew would know, that’s it, we’re starting. The positive attitude on the set spilled over into the movie. It’s dynamic, fun and audiences are going to love it.”
“This Is The End marks a real maturation for Modus,” said Wilisky. “We’ve gone from perfecting subtle effects and creatures to acting as a main vendor for this VFX-heavy feature-length movie. It’s really an exciting time for us.”
Source: Modus FX