THE GENTLEMEN: James Etherington-Sparks - VFX Supervisor - Union VFX - The Art of VFX. James Etherington-Sparks began his career in visual effects nearly 20 years ago at Cinesite. Can you explain in detail about the matte paintings work? The huge skunk farm is actually a complete 3D build because of the parallax of the shots.
The practical set gave us the first few rows of plant-filled tables, which really helped and we worked on extending back from there. We had to pay particular attention to randomising the placement of the tables and the plants as they would have looked fake if we would lined them up perfectly. To get some really helpful reference James returned to the location in Acton at 6 am on a Saturday morning with 2D Lead Iain Reid and did some filming. We then tracked the….