DIVE provides 250 VFX shots for M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth.
The visual effects team at DIVE was among a select group of visual effects studios chosen to provide visual effects for Director M. Night Shyamalan’s newest feature film, After Earth. Starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith, the film premieree in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 31st.
After Earth follows a crash landing, which leaves Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.
DIVE’s work on the film included a number of complex visual effects shots featuring set extension, sky replacement, paint, rotoscoping and compositing. DIVE also created 3D elements to enhance the wreckage of the spaceship and the debris field created by the crash. Additional 3D “probes” were also part of DIVE’s contribution to After Earth. The DIVE team, began their collaboration with Director M. Night Shyamalan early on in the development of the film’s script.
Towards completion of the film, DIVE VFX Team handled Post-Viz along side the Editors at Director M. Night Shyamalan’s facility just outside of Philadelphia. Tasked to quickly develop temp VFX, DIVE turned out approximately 250 shots for the film’s test screening. This work played a pivotal role in guiding looks for the film.
“M. Night Shyamalan is a great Director to collaborate with.” says DIVE VFX Supervisor Mark O. Forker. “He is very easy going, and we were able to work very closely with him at his studio outside of Philadelphia while the script was being developed. That was a great opportunity for us. Our team is very good at creating material that isn’t completely developed, and I feel we did a great job delivering on the Director’s vision.”
Technology used by the DIVE team on After Earth included software: Nuke, Maya, Mocha, Syntheyes, Softimage, Lightwave, Photoshop, FinalCut Pro, Shotgun Studio, and Scratch Lab.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.