Dive Provides Visual Effects For Summer Blockbuster “After Earth”


Last Updated: May 31, 2013 8:32 pm GMT
(New York & Philadelphia, United States--May 31, 2013) The visual effects team at DIVE -- a division of ShootersINC, which specializes in visual effects and picture finishing for feature films, television shows and commercials – was among a select group of visual effects studios chosen to provide visual effects for Director M. Night Shyamalan’s newest feature film, “AFTER EARTH.” Starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith, the film premieres in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 31st.

To view a trailer from the highly anticipated film: http://www.afterearth.com/site/

“AFTER EARTH” follows a crash landing, which leaves Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.

DIVE’s work on the film included a number of complex visual effects shots featuring set extension, sky replacement, paint, rotoscoping and compositing. DIVE also created 3D elements to enhance the wreckage of the spaceship and the debris field created by the crash. Additional 3D “probes” were also part of DIVE’s contribution to “AFTER EARTH.” The DIVE team, began their collaboration with Director M. Night Shyamalan early on in the development of the film’s script.

Towards completion of the film, DIVE VFX Team handled Post-Viz along side the Editors at Director M. Night Shyamalan’s facility just outside of Philadelphia. Tasked to quickly develop temp VFX, DIVE turned out approximately 250 shots for the film’s test screening. This work played a pivotal role in guiding looks for the film.

“M. Night Shyamalan is a great Director to collaborate with.” says DIVE VFX Supervisor Mark O. Forker. “He is very easy going, and we were able to work very closely with him at his studio outside of Philadelphia while the script was being developed. That was a great opportunity for us. Our team is very good at creating material that isn’t completely developed, and I feel we did a great job delivering on the Director’s vision.”

Technology used by the DIVE team on “AFTER EARTH” included software: Nuke, Maya, Mocha, Syntheyes, Softimage, Lightwave, Photoshop, FinalCut Pro, Shotgun Studio, and Scratch Lab.


Client: Columbia Pictures; Creative Cartel
Feature Film: “AFTER EARTH”

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Producers: James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett, Will Smith
Production Companies: Overbrook Entertainment, Blinding Edge Pictures
Distributed By: Columbia Pictures

Shot at Sun Center Studios, Aston, PA; Budd Stages, Philadelphia, PA; Northern California; Utah; La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica; Switzerland; Greenland.

Digital Pipeline Management: The Creative-Cartel
CEO: Jenny Fulle
Associate Producer: Dione Wood
Staff: Nick Bernardi, Alec Hart, Whitney Richman, Tamar Shaham, Eric Torres

Visual Effects Company: DIVE
VFX Supervisor: Mark O. Forker
VFX Producer: David P.I. James
VFX Executive Producer: Bob Lowery
VFX Postproduction Supervisor: Andy Williams
VFX Digital Production Manager: Ian Markiewicz
VFX Coordinator: Jennifer Wessner
VFX Editor: Bryan Baker
2D Supervisor: Edwardo Mendez
2D Lead: Ruben Rodas
3D Leads: Colton Miller, Will Nicholson
VFX Artists: Drew Beekler, Joe DiValerio, Kevin Fanning, Jeremy Fernsler, Mike Fischer, Tyler Lockard, Michael Miller, Rohini Montenegro, Anton Moss, Edward Qurik, Matthew Robertson, Rick Shick, Allen Battino, Brett Briley, Shannan Burkley.

DIVE http://www.divevisual.com is the visual effects and picture finishing division of ShootersINC, led by veteran Visual Effects Supervisor Mark O. Forker, working in feature films, television shows and commercials. One of the east coast’s premier visual effects and finishing services, DIVE works in collaboration with content creators to produce Visual Effects, Digital Intermediates and Main Titles by coupling creative continuity and expertise with cutting edge pipeline and workflow.

ShootersINC http://www.shootersinc.com is a fully integrated content company that blends talent, technology and client service to provide a superior level of quality and creativity. We provide production, editorial, visual effects, graphic design, finishing and sound design for advertising, television, feature film and branded entertainment.

ShootersNYC http://www.shootersnyc.com is the New York content creation division of ShootersINC, We offer a unique integrated approach by providing production and post with our directors, creative editors, visual effects artists and graphic designers for advertising, television, web/digital and feature films.

ShootersTV http://www.shooterstv.com develops and produces non-fiction television for clients up and down the channel lineup. They're a division of the ShootersINC companies and one of the producers of Food Network's hit “Restaurant: Impossible.” With mature businesses in advertising, branded entertainment, visual effects, and on-air promotion, they offer clients added value with a 360-degree approach to content creation during every phase of development, production and marketing. ShootersINC clients include A&E, Lexus, The Weinstein Company, and Scripps Networks Interactive.


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