PFW VFX Breakdown for Storage 24

Prime Focus has provided full post-production, DI, over 205 visual effects shots and the title sequence for British sci-fi movie 'Storage 24'. Written by and starring Noel Clarke of 'Kidulthood', 'Adulthood' and 'Fast Girls' fame, the film was directed by Johannes Roberts and hit cinemas in the UK on 29th June 2012.

'Storage 24' sees London in chaos as a military cargo plane crashes, leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the area. Completely unaware that London is in lock-down, Charlie (Noel Clarke) and Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), accompanied by best friends Mark (Colin O’Donoghue) and Nikki (Laura Haddock) are at a storage warehouse dividing up their possessions after a recent break up. When the power suddenly goes off they become trapped, and a mystery predator starts to hunt them down, one by one.

Director Johannes Roberts and Co-Producer and Post Production Supervisor Steve Cook worked closely with Prime Focus from the earliest stages of post-production. "The work-rate, professionalism and level of quality that Prime Focus provided was integral to us completing this film," said Steve. "Without the talent and expertise on offer it just simply would not have been possible to complete the film on schedule or within budget."

Prime Focus delivered more than 205 VFX shots, including 50 creature animations, complex face replacement on the physical creature, set enhancement and clean-up work. More than 60 artists were brought together for this project, which was managed by Head of VFX Production in India, Shome Dasgupta. VFX Supervisor for Prime Focus in India, Keith Devlin, supervised the Indian VFX team while Prime Focus VFX Supervisor in London, Piers Hampton, worked with the director and supervised the team in the UK.

One of the most important and challenging contributions by Prime Focus was the creation the sinister creature in the movie, which was designed and conceptualised in post. "Having overseen the creation and execution of all the VFX work, including redesigning the colour and rendering pipelines for the creature, I was very pleased with the level of realism the Mumbai team were able to bring to the creature," said Keith. "We took great efforts to truly match all the visual properties of the original cinematography and I don't believe the audience will realise that the entire head, complete with slime, is completely CG."

"We worked hard to build on what we’d shot to get some character into the performance of the mystery predator," Piers added. "From the beginning I thought it was important that it didn't just roar, but was credible and had a personality. I also worked closely with Tim, the DoP and Johannes, the Director, to develop the style of shooting the creature - following camera tests, we opted to shoot it at 18 fps, which resulted in something that people were genuinely unsure of - was it a physical model, stop motion or CG."

Johannes Roberts, the film's Director said, "I can't speak highly enough of Prime Focus' work on Storage24. VFX Supervisor Piers Hampton worked with me from the very beginning all the way through to the end and his unwavering demand for the highest quality of every single shot took the movie to a whole new level. I really hope this is the first of many collaborations."

RELEASE: June 29, 2012

Director: Johannes Roberts
Producers: Manu Kumaran, Noel Clarke
Studio / Distributor: Universal Pictures

PFW Supervisor: Piers Hampton
PFW Producer: Shome Dasgupta
PFW Scope of Work: VFX, 205 shots -
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