About a year ago I had the great fortune to work on the opening titles for John Carpenter’s The Ward – and it’s finally released! The job was at my favorite now-defunct design shop, Shadowplay Studio.
Working as the sole fx artist on an already tiny team, I had total creative freedom and I loved it. The main concept and the overall design were by the brilliant Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee (now of Smith Lee Design
, congrats you two!), and the rendering and shader dev, comping, and general technical bad-assery were handled by the inimitable VFX Sup, Ari Sachter-Zeltzer
. That left actually breaking all the damned glass (and figuring out how to do it) up to me!
With countless hours of hand-drawing crack patterns, running physics sims, debugging (cursing at) massive cache files and weird technical anomalies, developing particle systems and geometry tweaks and minute details – all while staying sensitive to composition and storytelling – it was a hell of a job.
And I think we pulled it off beautifully.
For extra credit, head on over to Art Of The Title
for an in-depth interview with Gareth. I’m the one referred to as “our vfx artist”.
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And here’s a brief shot breakdown, courtesy of Ari:
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