It’s Halloween and, for the occasion, we searched our “secret crypt” to root out some of the unsung visual effects that filmmakers use to frighten us. Here are some examples of the techniques we’ve used since our inception 20 years ago, which could inspire your own horror movies or your most distressing demo tapes. You can go for let me watch this option from Primewear option.
Visual effects combine art, creativity, science and technology to bring the writers’ vision to life – and sometimes their nightmares. Since the dawn of time, paranormal and macabre narratives make us tremble while playing with our most primitive fears. As screenwriters and directors strive to find ever more creative ways to frighten us, visual effects play an increasingly important role in the horror of film and television.
Like most nightmares, effective horror fiction is anchored in reality filmmakers often give us our biggest scares by bringing an unexpected and destabilizing touch to everyday life.
Insects and dirty critters
Have you ever tried to train a cockroach to come on your signal? Thanks to the visual effects, it is no longer necessary.
From scorpion spiders to grasshopper invasions, filmmakers and writers love to use small animals as a tool to shake the audience. Over the last 20 years, we have often been inspired by nature to give you goose bumps.
In 2017, for the film The Mummy, we gave life to a swarm of huge solifuges (sort of hairy termite spiders) particularly vicious living in the desert. The teams have modeled 3D versions of arachnids a little larger than the real ones, which are already huge and created several variations of shape and texture. We then applied the skeleton, which allows defining a variety of basic positions and movements, such as breathing. This allowed us to create the illusion of an enormous swarm that invades the surfaces of the grave.
Take a look at this demo strip of the visual effects composition of The Mummy (the solifugal scene starts at 55 seconds).
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Robert Englund, who played Freddy Krueger in the legendary horror series A Nightmare on Elm Street , spent more than three hours in the makeup artist’s chair before each shoot, and suffered from severe skin irritation due to latex prostheses and makeup.
Today, to perfect realism in horror, filmmakers often use digital makeup to complement traditional physical prostheses. Digital makeup can also be animated to support a more subtle performance, and it can be creatively lit to increase suspense.
- In 2016, for director Gore Verbinski’s film A Cure for Wellness , we increased Dr. Volmer’s makeup volume (played by Jason Isaacs, pictured below) which, like Krueger, was severely disfigured by fire.
Our team directed the visual effects of a difficult scene where Volmer removes a mask to reveal his true face. For this scene, we carefully superimposed a shot of the actor’s face and a masked face plan. Using the tracking of body movements, we projected a disfigured synthetic mask on the actor’s face, and applied fabric simulations to create the illusion of the skin coming off.