London-based VFX house delivers 1,000 VFX shots for BBC mini-series ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell,’ including 3D environments, crowd simulations, water, mud and sand effects simulation, modelling and texturing, matte painting, animation and 2D work.
London-based visual effects house Milk delivered 1,000 VFX shots for the BBC mini-series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, including 3D environments and crowd work as well as water, mud and sand effects simulation, modelling and texturing, matte painting, animation and 2D work.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell was directed by Toby Haynes and adapted by Peter Harness from Susanna Clarke's best-selling novel of the same name. Set in Georgian England during the Napoleonic Wars, with magic long since lost, two men are destined to bring it back: the reclusive Mr Norrell (played by Bertie Carvel) and daring novice Jonathan Strange (Eddie Marsan). So begins a dangerous magical battle between two great minds.
Milk created all the visual effects for the seven-part one-hour drama series which premiered on BBC One in May and on BBC America in June, and just concluded its run on U.K. television. Milk’s VFX team, led by Will Cohen, worked closely with the production designer and director Toby Haynes throughout the production and pre-production phase.
The brief included a one-minute 3D swooping aerial shot recreating the Battle of Waterloo with crowd simulation work for 50,000 soldiers, a giant CG mud hand, CG rain ships and CG moving stone statues.