Prime Focus Makes Edward Cullen Sparkle in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Press Release from Prime Focus
Vancouver, BC, Canada (July 6, 2010) -- Global visual entertainment services group Prime Focus has completed visual effects shots for the Summit Entertainment release "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE," the latest movie in the blockbuster Twilight franchise. Prime Focus created the "Diamond Skin Effect" for Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson), in which his skin sparkles when exposed to sunlight. "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE" is directed by David Slade and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and hit theaters June 30, 2010.
Prime Focus was contacted for this project because of its expertise in the Diamond Skin look achieved in "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON," which was also completed under the DFX supervision of Prime Focus' Chad Wiebe. Working with the film's VFX Supervisor Nick Brooks, Prime Focus took the New Moon base and kicked it up a notch. Wiebe's intricate knowledge of the Diamond Skin set-up and workflow meant that a small Prime Focus team of three -- Wiebe, Producer Genevieve West and Comp Artist Jesus Yapor -- could build on the look established in the previous movie and turn around effects shots in a short time period, in this case only five weeks.
New to the Diamond Skin look this time around is the addition of a caustic element on Edward and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) that wasn't present in New Moon, adding to the realism of the effect. This caustic element enables sparkles emitted from Edward to act more like prismatic shafts of light, refracting off Bella. This heightened the emotional impact of a climactic sequence.
Shared Wiebe, "While this was a relatively small visual effects project, we're very happy with our contribution and the role the Diamond Skin effect played in 'THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.' The effect added magic and beauty to one of the movie's pivotal scenes."
The Prime Focus team used a software package consisting of Autodesk 3ds Max and eyeon Fusion.
About Prime Focus
Prime Focus is a global Visual Entertainment Services group that provides creative and technical services to the film, broadcast, commercials, gaming, internet and media industries.
The group offers a genuine end-to-end solution from pre-production to final delivery - including previsualisation, equipment hire, visual effects, video and audio post-production, digital intermediate, digital asset management and distribution.
Prime Focus employs more than 1,600 people with state-of-the-art facilities throughout key markets of North America, the UK and India. Using its 'worldsourcing' business model, Prime Focus provides a network that combines global cost advantages, resources and talent pool with strong relationships and a deep understanding of the local markets.
Prime Focus is a public stock company with shares traded in the Mumbai and National Stock exchanges in India (Symbol - PRIMEFOCUS). Prime Focus also owns and operates Prime Focus London plc (Symbol - PFO), which is publicly traded in the LSE's AIM market. For more information, please visit http://www.primefocusworld.com.