Filmed in Vancouver, the thirteen part series from Amblin TV and ABC Television tells the story of what happens when several children begin talking to a mysterious imaginary friend, who is far more real and dangerous than their parents would expect.
Encore artists in Vancouver and Los Angeles completed around 30 to 60 VFX shots per episode.
“This project set the bar high from day one, and the production pedigree is outstanding,” said VFX supervisor and creative director at Encore, Stephan Fleet.
“Not only is the concept exceptional, but it’s also inherently challenging in that an invisible entity is central to the plot. There has been a Herculean effort on all sides to make the show as great as it is, and we’ve created some of our best work to date."
Work on the series included a mix of crucial storytelling visuals and invisible effects, using Maya, 3ds Max, ZBrush, Nuke, Flame After Effects and Houdini.
For conceptual problem-solving, Encore VFX partnered with fellow Deluxe Creative Services company Method Studios in Vancouver to design otherworldly props and CG scene elements that, while fabricated, mimicked reality.
Production design work built upon real world examples, like existing geological formations, and provided loose sketches to guide development.
VFX work in the show was very varied, including everything from oversized fulgurites, a massive power plant explosion and plane crash wreckage, to set extensions and environment work.
Encore’s Vancouver and Los Angeles facilities shared shots evenly, with up to 30 artists contributing to complex episodes.
A combination of Cospective’s cineSync and Autodesk Shotgun with RV were used to keep the review process flowing smoothly.
We expect that the show will be shown in the UK soon, though no UK licensing deal has been announced yet.