Get your own Little Black Book.

Build your own personal news stream. Discover the latest work created that interests you, share your favourite stories and follow your favourite people and companies

Already have an account?

Creative

Alkemy X Reunites with M. Night Shyamalan for Universal Pictures’ 'Split'

Studio provides on-set VFX supervision and post-production for latest Shyamalan film

Alkemy X Reunites with M. Night Shyamalan for Universal Pictures’ 'Split'

Creative content company Alkemy X provided visual effects for Universal Pictures’ No. 1 new film 'Split,' from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, it was announced today. From on-set VFX supervision to post-production, the job yielded a total of 74 shots in the final film, including those for the film’s climactic scenes. 'Split' is now in theatres.

'Split' marks Alkemy X’s fourth feature-film collaboration with Shyamalan and his Philadelphia-based production company, Blinding Edge Pictures. It most recently served as the director’s exclusive VFX company on 2015’s 'The Visit.'

“We’ve built a great relationship with Night ever since we did a bit of VFX work on ‘The Last Airbender’,” remarked Bob Lowery, Vice President, Business Development at Alkemy X. “It was an audition of sorts, and he’s chosen us as a partner on all of his films since. He’s a very talented director who knows what he wants creatively and won’t stop until he gets it, which we respect a great deal. A bit of local pride accents our passion for excellence whenever we collaborate, as Alkemy X and Night both have deep roots in the Philadelphia area — where many of his features are filmed or set.”

Alkemy X augmented the world of 'Split' with subtle visual effects throughout, such as character work, TV/computer screen graphics and replacements, muzzle flashes and squib hits for gun fire, and some minimal additional CG work and paint cleanup.

Alkemy X was also tasked with physically embellishing the pivotal 24th personality in 'Split,' scrutinising details such as bone and vein structure, and muscle movements. “Enhancing James’ incredible performance was definitely the most creative aspect of this project for our team,” said Edwardo Mendez, Alkemy X Senior VFX Supervisor. “It required intensive motion tracking on set -- and several different techniques: 3D object tracking, camera tracking, planar tracking, and Nuke's smart vector tracking. Ultimately, achieving the resulting life-like look was a concerted effort across several VFX departments, including look development, 3D modelling and texture, 2D paint and a lot of ‘comp love’ to ensure our effects seamlessly lived in this world.”

Including its presence on the 'Split' live-action set, Alkemy X worked on the film over the course of six months—with several VFX deliveries—as Shyamalan was in post-production on the film. “A lot of the work upfront was look development and temp, which helped Night visualise how Alkemy X could help bring his brilliantly intriguing script to life,” concluded Mendez. “To see it all culminate in a film that has captivated audiences has been a rewarding experience.”

Post Production / VFX

Visual Effects Artist: VFX Editor: Lucas Andrei

Technical Director: Pipeline/Technical Manager: Tyler Lockard

Roto: Arthur Guttilla, Raquel Fogel, Kambra Miller, Daniel Rosenberg

2D Artists: Paint Artists: Ellen Miki, Alejandro Monzon, Ruben Rodas

Compositors: Digital Compositors: Anteneh Adamu, Gerard Andal, Kyle Andal, Richard Aponte, Dan Giraldo, Melissa Graff, Dimitre Iliev, Denis Kozyrev, Mark Lieberman, Sharon Marcussen, Anton Moss, Christopher Riemann, Matthew Robertson, Victor Torres, Jason Tsang

CG Artist: Adam Stockholm

3D Supervisor: Compositing Supervisors: Gabriel Regentin, Steve Sanchez

CG Supervisor: Dave Zeevalk

Production Coordinator: Mitch Campbell

Producer: Jennifer Wessner, Wendy Garfinkle

Executive Producer: VFX Executive Producers: Bob Lowery, Leah Orsini

VFX Supervisor: Edwardo Mendez, Colton Miller

Visual Effects: Alkemy X

Category: Events , Sports and leisure

Genre: Visual VFX