Production OverviewDivision: Vancouver
Visual Effects Supervisor: Matthew Welford
Visual Effects Producer: Adam Harrison
Streaming series from Apple TV starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard.
In Episode One, we encounter a giant battle of two of the waring tribes when an army of Witchfinders attacks the village of Alkenny. After a bloody and gruesome fight, Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) is forced to unleash the final line of defense before his tribe overrun. This mans causing a rock wall avalanche down the side of the mountainside.
To create this realistic event, Pixomondo’s Vancouver division first scanned the real hillside before practical photography began. Then we recreated a fully CG rock wall made up of thousands of individual rocks, mud, plates and debris. We used FX simulation to accurately recreate how those rocks – which he had scanned earlier – would acdtually roll down the hillside . It was necessary to make sure the rocks interacted with both the world around them, and actors within the scene for the final shots. By doing this we could make it feel as realistic as possible. The final shots comprised of CGI Rocks, digital humans, digital plants, digital debris all integrated with the live action actors and plates shot on location.
– Pixomondo VFX Supervisor Matthew Welford.