Nuclear Family — The Wall
by zane on November 15, 2012 in blog
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Last year ZaneFX
did some visual effects for Kyle Rankin's post-apocalyptic Nuclear Family
. The film is finally out as a downloadable series on SyFy.com
. In addition to some digital pyro and some nuclear mushroom cloud animations
(soon!), we also pulled off some low-budget/ super-fast-schedule matte paintings of the sci-fi/end-of-the-world variety. One of these involved the rather deep concept of The Wall.
As you'll see in this one-minute clip from Nuclear Family
, "The Wall" is a big bit of story. Not only are our heroes struggling to survive in a barbaric fallout aftermath, they are apparently trapped as well. The story was supposed to suggest a massive construction project that still somehow went up quickly. So... we went for "Great Wall of China" + super high chain-link/barbed wire + security. And viola.
Of course the source for the matte painting was actual Great Wall photography. Then we removed some depth from the wall, some recognizability in terms of era/style, and of course then added all the metalwork. (The fence doesn't buzz as badly at 1080p.) Luckily the hills of China were also a color-correctable match with the Southern California hill country where the film was shot.
is a lot of fun in a genre I adore. The film stars Corin Nemec
(Parker Lewis Can't Lose!
) and features the incredible Ray Wise
as "The Man." Plus director Kyle Rankin
is an absolute blast to work with. I got to do some fx stuff I hadn't done before, and also got to do exactly the kind of creative effects work I think I do best, including this quick-and-dirty "big moment" in the film. (And yes, the flying darts too. Of course.)
Thanks to Gray Haddock
and Sean Cunningham for their help on some of the Nuclear Family