Looks that Kill
Visual effects company Flying Turtle Post used Fusion Studio VFX and motion graphics software on new comedy ‘Looks That Kill.’
Written and directed by Kellen Moore, and starring Brandon Flynn, Julia Goldani Telles, Ki Hong Lee, Annie Mumolo, Peter Scolari and more, ‘Looks That Kill’ is the latest film from Syracuse based production company American High. It distributed by Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company.
According to VFX Supervisor and Flying Turtle Post Owner Shaina Holmes, “Our most challenging sequence was referred to as ‘the big one’ because the plates we received included more than 7,000 frames for just this one shot, which was around five minutes of footage. It follows the main character Max through multiple locations with one long time lapse, so we had to seamlessly stitch edits between green screen shots and place lots of speed ramps to go fast, slow and normal speed throughout.
“We compared this shot to the kitchen sink omelet at a restaurant, because it has everything,” said Holmes. “Lots of artifact cleanup was needed, along with rig removals, creating clean plates to slide objects down a wall, dealing with daylight changes and camera movements, marrying together two forest plates with different camera pans and time of day, and more. With all the speed changes applied and shot stitching, it ultimately was around four minutes long, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”
Holmes and her team also used Blackmagic Fusion Studio to create impactful invisible VFX for the film, including compositing multiple plates together, such as adding fire to a tree or capturing a cigarette falling through the air; giving a character a nosebleed; creating and distressing weathered signage; turning light bulbs on and creating flashing lights; removing unwanted people, safety rigging and tattoos from shots; and more.
“Whether it’s doing cell screen replacements or beauty fixes or creating split screens to stitch together the best performances, invisible VFX are most films’ unsung heroes as they keep the audience enthralled in the storytelling without distracting them with technical imperfections,” explained Holmes. “Using Fusion Studio, we did a lot of invisible VFX for ‘Looks That Kill,’ such as artifact cleanup, stabilizations, fluid morphs, wipe transitions, and so on, that the audience would never notice, and that’s exactly how it should be.”
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