Warner Bros. Pictures
Overall VFX Producer
Rodeo FX Crew
Our shots center around one main sequence lasting 2 minutes 10 seconds, with additional shots granted while work was underway, for a total of 50 shots. Our primary sequence for Paddington 2 shows the bear trapped underwater, shots that called on not only an expertise in creature work but also water effects.
The complexity of the VFX work only added to the challenge that we already faced in creating work that matched the rest of the film. Ultimately, the work delivered by our team is indistinguishable from the rest of the CG shots in the film.
In order to deliver flawless shots on a strict timeline, our Development and CFX departments created a proprietary tool that enabled a hyper agile process. The new tool, built using Houdini and known as HAROLD (HAD), has since been implemented in all our creature projects.
Given the incredibly short timeframe, and the fact that we were the first ever auxiliary vendor to work on Paddington, there was uncertainty at the beginning, but the moment the studio saw our first animation shots, everything settled into place.