Visual effects supervisor Karl Herbst gives a behind-the-scenes peek into the tools and techniques used to bring the winter wonderland of ‘Smallfoot’ to the big screen.
Smallfoot turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist -- a human. News of this “Smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village.
Available now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital, Smallfoot stars Channing Tatum (The LEGO Batman Movie, the Jump Street films) as the yeti, Migo, and James Corden (Trolls, The Emoji Movie) as the Smallfoot, Percy. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes an interactive sing-along that lets viewers follow the words of their favorite songs from the film.
Set in a winter wonderland, snow is an integral part of Smallfoot. The animation was produced by Sony Pictures Imageworks, with Karl Herbst serving as the film’s VFX supervisor. Watch the exclusive featurette in the player below to learn how Herbst, working alongside animation supervisor Kevin Webb and VFX producer Skye Lyons, brought the snowy environments of Smallfoot to the big screen:
Smallfoot is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of Over the Hedge and Annie nominee for the screenplays for Chicken Run and James and the Giant Peach. The screenplay is by Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera, screen story by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra and Kirkpatrick, based on the book Yeti Tracks, by Sergio Pablos.
The film also stars Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Common (Selma), LeBron James (upcoming Space Jam 2), Danny DeVito (The Lorax, Erin Brockovich), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Yara Shahidi (TV’s Black-ish), Ely Henry (TV’s Justice League Action), and Jimmy Tatro (22 Jump Street).
Smallfoot was produced by Bonne Radford (Curious George), Glenn Ficarra (Storks, This is Us,) and John Requa (Storks, This is Us). Nicholas Stoller, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Jared Stern, Karey Kirkpatrick, Sergio Pablos, Courtenay Valenti and Allison Abbate all served as executive producers. The creative team includes editor Peter Ettinger and composer Heitor Pereira.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures