Color Out Of Space Vfx Breakdown By User T38
Design, VFX, Postproduction And Color In Richard Stanley’s ‘Color Out Of Space’
The Spanish design and post-production studio USER T38 has worked on the design, color correction and visual effects (VFX), of ‘Color Out of Space’, the cult director Richard Stanley’s (‘Hardware’) adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story. This film marks Stanley’s return to the big screen after the polemic film ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’. Starring Nicolas Cage, the film -produced by Spectrevision- premieres on January 24, 2020 in USA as a colorist and hallucinogenic nightmare inspired in one of the American writer’s most iconic tales.
The complexity of adapting Lovecraft to the big screen makes this film one of the few that take this risk with the classic writer. John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ or ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ or Netflix’s ‘Annihilation’ (Álex Garland) are some of the features that are greatly inspired on the author but not being dramatizations.
One of the greatest challenges was “reflecting the color that gives name to the feature film, not only with its purest and most indescribable version, but also on the physical aspect when the human beings, flora and fauna change in state and shape” affirms Raúl Monge, associate and designer from the studio.
Despite the tight budget, USER T38 uses all kinds of post-production and design tools to achieve original images and visuals of great technical complexity. Joaquín Gutiérrez, VFX Supervisor states “3D, matte painting, in-house shooting of plates, traditional animation and fractal-based programs have been some of the resources used to achieve a result that even though it’s reflected in different ways, is consistent and coherent with Stanley’s and H.P. Lovecraft’s work”.
All the visual aspects and effects of ‘Color out of Space’ have been praised by the critics after its projection at the Toronto International Film Festival and earning the Best Horror Picture at Fantastic Fest at Austin, TX or the Best Visual Effects Award in the 29 Fancine – Festival de cine fantástico de Málaga.
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