Three years on from the release of Gareth Edward’s ‘Godzilla’ comes the next entry in the Legendary / Warner Bros. monster franchise – ‘Kong: Skull Island’ from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. With a plan to follow this with a Godzilla sequel in 2018, and ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ in 2020, this particular cinematic franchise looks set to keep monster movie fans flooding to theaters for years to come.
Boasting a stellar cast, including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is set in 1973 at the close of the Vietnam War and follows an ill-fated mission to investigate a mysterious island that is rumoured to be the home of previously undiscovered forms of life.
Prime Focus World delivered the full stereo conversion of ‘Kong: Skull Island’, and PFW Stereo Supervisor Ritesh Aggarwal and Production Manager Cassius Vaz in Vancouver worked closely with Legendary’s Stereoscopic Supervisor Ed Marsh to deliver over 2,000 shots for the 106 minute film.
“Ed was awesome to work with,” began Ritesh Aggarwal. “He screened an early cut of the film for us and we had a very open discussion about the requirements for the stereo conversion. It was a great opportunity to get Ed’s guidance and direction on what he wanted us to achieve with the stereo. Once the brief was set we held regular reviews with Ed, which kept the project on track for delivery, and he was always ready to help us source whatever elements and assets we required from the VFX vendors. Working with Ed was a great experience.”
In terms of the stereo look of the film, the team were aiming for stereo that was comfortable and easy on the eyes, with some very cool key 3D moments.
“One of the most effective scenes, and probably the most challenging in terms of our work, was the battle between Kong and the Skullcrawlers,” continued Ritesh. “In addition to the creatures we had tons of debris and gallons of water to deal with. The interaction of the creatures with the water was especially tricky, but good elements packages from VFX helped enormously.”
Another challenge that the team faced was to make the CG creatures look larger than life in the environments of Skull Island, using the stereo effects at their disposal to emphasize the difference in scale between the huge creatures and the human characters.
“Scale differences, intense action, heavy environments, dynamic camera movement – all of these elements made the stereo conversion of ‘Kong: Skull Island’ challenging,” said Ritesh. “We used projection techniques to ensure that the zdepths were built correctly, allowing us to reduce iterations with the client, and the hard work of our teams in Vancouver and Mumbai and some clever production management ensured that we delivered a fantastic looking stereo movie within the timeframes allotted. This film looks amazing on the big screen – don’t miss it!”
‘Kong: Skull Island’ opens on March 10, 2017.
RELEASE: March 10, 2017 (US)
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Studios / Distributors: Legendary Pictures, Tencent Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures
Studio Stereographer: Ed Marsh
Show Stereo Supervisors: Ritesh Aggarwal, Tim Chou
Stereo Producer: Cassius Vaz
Stereo Global Resource Producer: Monika Hada
Stereo Production Manager: Jon Warne
Stereo Editorial Supervisor: Richard Pring
Stereo Technical Directors: Isaac Guenard, Charlie Luce, Luke Gray, Robin Emerson, Thomas Castellani, Piyush Jain
Stereo Production Team: Jillian Tsai, Kate Elum, Annsh Patel, Stephanie Chan, Tylor Maurer
Stereo Editorial Team: Lewis 'Sonny' Menga, Debajit Barman, Shenyan Liu, Wes Welcott, Bryce Gardiner, Steven Roste, Jorge Jimenez, Jahan Zeb, Lucas Baker
Stereo Leads: Kat Kelly, Rio Harrington, Matthew Lutes, Pete Pelisek, Damian Karwowski, Brendan Llave, Daniel Carpenter, Geoffrey Harlos
Stereo Executive Producer: Gaurav Jain
Stereo Head of Production: Franklin Mascarenhas
Show Senior Stereo Supervisors: Jimmy Philip, Ben Murray
Show Stereo Supervisors: Jason Bowers, Sameer Samant
Stereo Production Manager: Nitin Bahl
Stereo Pipeline TD: Srujan Kumar Gone, Devottam Dutta
Stereo Supervisors: Himabalaji Pindi, Prashant Kumar Jakkula, Rahul Wagh, Rajeev Sahu, Rakhee Ghosh, Srikanth Reddy Jakka, Venkatesham Rudra