befores & afters went behind the scenes with Paul Graff, who told then in his own words what informed the creature designs, how scenes were filmed, and what it took to pull off the dynamic visual effects shots of Stranger Things Season 3

"Overseen by senior visual effects supervisor Paul Graff, amorphous blobs of goop that begin as rats and then ultimately form into a large multi-limbed Mind Flayer – realized by Rodeo FX – made up some of the most complicated VFX on the show."

befores and afters with Paul Graff

"For the shot of the rat twitching and then becoming goo, we thought, let’s do first a version with the puppet rat, so that everybody has something to look at, and they can sort of get acquainted to their shot. The first take was a puppet, the second take was the silver ball. And then we had the cage in there and the cage out of there. Rodeo did the final shot."

befores and afters with Paul Graff

"The monster needed to have something that goes from a splat of gore and then forms into a monster. And it’s really two completely different types of CG that are blended together there by Rodeo. We have a creature that’s built, it has bones, it has a rig, it has physicality. And then you have this goop, and it’s really more like a simulation."

befores and afters with Paul Graff

"And if you had a 20 foot tall pole, you could puppeteer it pretty well. It was not that heavy, and it could be lifted by one person and moved around. I had the supervisor from Rodeo come and puppeteer this ball according to the storyboards that we had. It was important for the eye line, to know where the face of the monster was going to be."

befores and afters with Paul Graff

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