Little White Lies: Designing Dumbo
How VFX brought Tim Burton’s elephant to life
MPC's VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers spoke to Little White Lies, a leading UK film magazine for their video series 'Credit Role' in which they speak to industry professionals about their roles on major films.
They discussed Richard's role as a VFX Supervisor and MPC's work for Dumbo.
Time Magazine speak to MPC’s Overall VFX Supervisor Erik Nordby, for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
Time Magazine recently spoke to VFX Supervisor Erik Nordby to discuss the challenges faced when producing the first live-action Pokémon film.
"Animating animals, as in recent live-action remakes of titles like The Jungle Book, is one matter. But transforming adored fictional creatures that have been drawn in one specific way for two decades is another entirely. The process saw more than a thousand digital artists across the world working for three years through trial and error, all against a backdrop of ceaseless debate.
The team settled on around 65 Pokémon that would appear in the movie and began trying to solve their anatomical riddles. “We’d build them as if they were an actual animal,” Nordby says of his team at the Moving Picture Company, a visual effects company. They created detailed skeletal and muscle systems for each Pokémon, visited zoos and consulted animal experts in order to have a reference point for every beak, tail or paw. The waddling four-legged Bulbasaur, for example, was based on a baby bulldog in its playfulness and top-heaviness. Pikachu started off very rabbit-like, but eventually became a cumulative creature inspired by the movements of marsupials and marmosets and the moonlike eyes of sugar gliders."
FMX 2019: Recap
VFX Supervisors Max Wood and Patrick Ledda presented at this year's FMX!
MPC had two VFX Supervisors speak at FMX 2019, a conference on animation, effects, games and immersive media held in Stuggart, Germany.
Max Wood (Overall VFX Supervisor for The Nutcracker) spoke on a panel alongside ncam and Mackevision titled The VFX for Nutcracker with on-set realtime camera tracking. The talk focused on MPC's fantastic visual effects and how ncam increased the efficiency of the production on-set, with realtime camera tracking technology.
Patrick Ledda (VFX Supervisor for Dumbo) presented "How MPC made an Elephant Fly for Disney's "Dumbo" to a packed audience who queued for his talk.
Huge thanks to both Max and Patrick for attending this year!
MPC is hiring for the sequel to 2014’s Maleficent!
MPC is currently working on Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Ed Skrein and Juno Temple.
The story follows the complex relationship of Maleficent and Aurora as they face new threats to the magical land of the Moors.
Head to our job openings page to find your next role!
Behind the scenes with MPC Film's Character Lab team! Watch our video and find out what our artists have to say about working on photo-realistic animals, digital doubles, creatures and monsters!
The new MPC Film website is now live! Learn about each of our departments from Concept Art and Virtual Production to the Character Lab and Compositing, what shows we are hiring for, watch showreels of our work and more... www.mpcfilm.com