co-founder of LOOK Effects
THE MAKING OF WARM BODIES
A new genre of film hit theaters across the country this year: zombie romantic comedy (a. k.a. zom-rom-com). Under the direction of Jonathan Levine, best known for 50/50, WARM BODIES blends elements of horror, teen angst, humor and the power of love – all with the help of visual effects facility LOOK Effects.
Over a period of approximately 10 months, LOOK’s Vancouver facility opened its doors, built a team of about 45, structured a character animation and visual effects pipeline and produced around 350 shots. Their work included extensive character animation on “the Boneys, ” an evolved form of zombie that plague humanity, and the creation of a fully digital city in which the action takes place.
LOOK’s work allowed Levine to believably tell this sometimes gruesome, sometimes funny, but always heart-felt tale that would not have been possible without visual effects. In doing so, this mid-sized fx facility produced work that formerly has been reserved for the “big guns” and made the viewing experience as believable and immersive as possible, at least for a zom-rom-com.
This session, presented by LOOK Partner and Senior VFX Supervisor Henrik Fett will give attendees a close up and personal view of how LOOK accomplished all this in such a short time.
Henrik R. Fett, Partner and Co-founder of LOOK Effects. Henrik is highly-accomplished in live-action production, 3D animation and digital post production. He supervises digital effects production both on-set and in post-production. At LOOK, Henrik has overseen projects including Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) for which he was nominated for a BAFTA, Just Wright (Fox Searchlight), Bedtime Stories (Disney), Yes Man (Warner Bros.), The Mist (Weinstein Co.), Fools Gold (Warner Bros.), The Darjeeling Limited (Disney,) Untraceable (Lakeshore,) and “Lost” (Touchstone Television.) As co-producer on Alex Prager’s La Petite Mort and Despair, Henrik has been instrumental in driving LOOK’s original content creation. He has also put in ‘time on the box’ as lead animator on commercial and feature film projects. Henrik has served as an Advisor to Gnomon School of Visual Effects and has presented at multiple international conferences. Prior to joining LOOK, Henrik worked in project development at International Creative Effects. A native of Mannheim, Germany, he is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg. Henrik began his career as an editor with credits on documentaries, motion picture trailers and commercials.