We were the lead visual effects team for this stylish British sci-fi thriller directed by Caradog James, contributing nearly 250 VFX shots. One of the biggest challenges was matching the classic anamorphic lenses that were used on the Arri Alexa cameras during the shoot, our VFX Supervisors were on hand throughout principal photography to support the crew.
Work included matte paintings, set extensions, eye glows, explosions and green-screen car exteriors. One of the stand out scenes opens the film, featuring CG make up for a wounded character who is missing part of their skull. We also designed and composited all the futuristic interactive screens in the film, animating the graphics in Adobe After Effects before compositing all the shots with The Foundry’s Nuke.
Following a successful Premiere at the TriBeCa Festival, The Machine has gone to win 3 BAFTA Cymru Awards, and was voted Best UK Feature at the Raindance festival. The film was released in cinemas and on VOD in March 2014.
“It’s all accompanied by some impressive visual effects work for a smaller, independent film”
“…while transparent touch interfaces abound they feel more realistic than Minority Report’s sweeping hand gestures ever did.” (The Verge)