Outpost VFX Creates Ghostly Effects for Chilling Emmerdale Spot
October 3rd, 2016, Outpost VFX has provided VFX for a 60 second, 30 second and two 20 second commercials for Emmerdale. The spot was directed by Jon Yeo for ITV with Elena Estevez Santos as VFX Supervisor for Outpost and involves a dance with death in the build up to one of the main characters dying.
The brief was to create a realistic apparition that appears and disappears from the mist on set. To tie in with one of Emmerdale’s famously explosive storylines the mist descends across the dales as one of the main characters is murdered.
This project utilised the whole gamut of VFX software to create a realistic apparition in the mist and the animator had to mimic the movements of a practical dancer on set to create a beautiful piece. The FX TD’s took the animation and used Houdini and Maya to simulate the mist.
VFX Supervisor Elena Estevez Santos worked closely with Jon Yeo to work out how the mist needed to be emitted and comments: “The complexity of the fluid effects in the commercial is what makes this piece stand out and the difficulty was working out how this would be driven. We worked with Jon to establish how the mist needed to be emitted, what level of details to include and how long the trails needed to be. After this we needed to add layers of foreground mist in comp to tie everything together to make it seem like it’s is set in an ethereal world”.
Outpost VFX created all the VFX impressing the director, Jon Yeo was delighted with the outcome and had this to say: “A huge personal thanks from me for the absolutely stunning job Outpost crafted on all aspects of the VFX. I have a full appreciation of what you accomplished. Aside from the production constraints and technical challenges it is also a really delicate artistic ask. To create a misty man, in the mist that's not too abstract, not to figurative, not too visible, not too invisible. It's a very 'fine line' effect to pull off. You nailed it and as usual you are a joy to collaborate with”.
In the past year the studio has worked on numerous film and commercial projects including; Jason Bourne (Universal), Nocturnal Animals (Universal), My Beautiful Broken Brain (Netflix), In The Deep, Under the Shadow (Wigwam Films, BAFTA nominated), iBoy (Wigwam Films) and are currently providing VFX on: Salty (Salty Films), Final Score (Signature Entertainment) and Interlude in Prague (Stillking Films).
Genre: Visual VFX