MPC is one of the visual effects team behind Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – working on some of the main character’s strange abilities and digital set extensions.
The Tim Burton film, based on the novel written by Ransom Riggs, was released in the UK just under a week ago. It follows the journey of protagonist Jake who discovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
As Jake learns of the strange residents and their unusual abilities, he realises danger lurks beneath the friendly surface. He follows a path to self-discovery, figuring out who is real and who can be trusted along the way.
MPC completed more than 200 shots, including one large sequence set in a circus arena where the children confront the hallowghasts.
For this scene MPC’s environmental team created set extensions to the circus environment, and unique abilities for characters Fiona, Claire, Millard, the Twins and Miss Edwards. Fiona throws seeds at the ground and a mass of vines traps the enemy, sprouting leaves and flowers. The plants were built and animated using a tool specifically created for the effect by MPC’s assets team.
Near the end of the sequence, the Twins reveal their true faces – made up of huge snake-like eyes, sharp teeth and scaly skin. MPC received final approval from Tim Burton on this design.
The reveal of the Twins faces causes villain Miss Edwards to turn into a life-size stone statue. MPC transformed the real actress (Helen Day) on set into the stone prop.
Another character, Claire, has a large toothy mouth in the back of her head. A practical head was created for the MPC assets team to use as a reference for the CG animated mouth. You can see their work in a dinner scene where Clair pulls her hair back to reveal the mouth, which she then feeds a turkey drumstick to. MPC created the mouth, teeth and CG bites of turkey flying out.
MPC also create a long CG tail for Miss Edwards, invisible effects for Millard and a CG version of a full-size prop of an elephant mannequin at the circus.
MPC have contributed visual effects for major-motion films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Passengers, The Jungle Book and Sully.