(BOSTON) – ZERO VFX announced today that it delivered over 600 visual effects shots on the production of Hollywood’s latest blockbuster film, The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. As the Visual Effects Supervisor throughout the production of the film, ZERO VFX co-founder Sean Devereaux played a significant role influencing the design and scope of the visual effects for the film.
By working closely with the director and producers from early stage pre-production and planning, to on set VFX supervision, ZERO VFX and its creative team were able to successfully anticipate challenges and influence the work while on set, and also help drive the story forward. Enhancing lead actor’s Denzel Washington’s presence throughout the film, the team at ZERO also created mind-blowing sequences that created an elevated sense of tension and excitement.
During 2014, ZERO VFX also acted as VFX supervisor on such major film releases Sex Tape, starting Cameron Diaz, and American Hustle starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence.
“Working so closely with director, Antoine Fuqua, was an amazing experience because we had first-hand insights into his vision for the film – and that insight helped us identify some significant VFX challenges and how to solve them,” said Sean Devereaux, creative director and co-founder of ZERO VFX. “The Equalizer was not what you’d call a typical VFX film. The challenge for us as artists was to realize Antoine’s vision and drive the story forward without getting in the way of that vision. We found ways to enhance the action sequences using visual effects, allowing Denzel Washington to perform his own stunts and be present in each action shot, making each scene look very real, very visceral and very intimate. There were over 250 sequences of 3D modeled environments shot on blue screen that you’d never expect. We completed over 600 VFX shots with a team of 50 people, who acted much like the VFX Department on the film. We’re lucky to have such an amazing team!”
ZERO VFX: Innovative Tech Sandbox
Also as part of the post production workflow on The Equalizer, ZERO VFX relied on ZYNC Render, a cloud-based rendering application it had developed and recently sold to Google. The team at ZERO continues to develop innovative technologies, initially developed for use in their own studios, but ultimately, ZERO VFX’s goal is to create software and systems usable not only for the professional artist, but translatable to the prosumer and consumer market. The VFX component of the business serves as an incubation sandbox for software development projects. ZYNC Render was the first technology produced from this model.
“The Equalizer” VFX Credits
Visual Effects Supervisor: Sean Devereaux
Visual Effects Producer: Brian Drewes
Digital Effect Supervisor: Marc Rienzo
Lead Compositors: Gerard Andal, Kyle Andal
CG Artists: Robby Geis, Don Libby, Kyle Raffile, Housein Cornell
FX Animation and Simulation Leads: Allan McKay Hnedel Maximore
Compositors: Jeremy Brown, Robyn Ducharme, Geoff Duquette, Jaime Fortuno- Lavin, Jennifer German, John Gray, Julianne Holzschuh ,Tara Jacobson, Anu Liikkanen, Ryan McDermid, Rohini Montenegro, Matthew Robertson, Stephen Schmidt, Markus White
Matchmove Lead: Brian Morse
Matchmove Artist: Sergio Villegas
Rotoscope Lead: Leighana Ginther
Rotoscope Artists: Mark Carver Kristen Hogan Nick Zagami
Digital Production Manager: Kirstin Riddle
Systems Coordinator: Rob Gestone
Pipeline Development Engineer: Frank Rueter
Additional Production Support: Meg Bailey, Greta Bramberg, Maggie Lawson
Rendering Provider: ZYNC Render
VFX On-Set Coordinator: Alyssa Frankel
VFX Storyboard Artist: Jason Bryant Parker
VFX Pre-visualization Designer: John Allardice
VFX UI Designer: Nathan Boldman
Matte Painter: Christian Kugler
Lead Paint Artist: Aaron Beebe
Paint Artists: David Betten, Annie Caps, Paul Carnegie, Dan Cregan, Jessie Lund, Jamie Rios, Stan L. Teadee