The Disney+ Anthology, inspired by Boom! Studios’ graphic novels series by award-winning author R.L. Stine – calls on Legion to create the complex mix of effects that bring the supernatural world to life in ‘Which Witch?’
‘The Disney+ series ‘Just Beyond’ relied on VFX Legion’s creativity, technical ingenuity, and experience developing and producing intricate digital effects for a complex mix of shots. The genre anthology, inspired by Boom! Studios’ series of graphic novels written by R.L Stine, features eight episodes, each with a different cast and a stand-alone story set in the supernatural realm. Legion was brought on board to design the elaborate effects for ‘Which Witch?’ (Ep. 3) and create the magical feats of digital sorcery that drive the otherworld tale.
Headed up by Co-Founder and VFX Supervisor, James David Hattin, Legion’s LA and B.C. studio’s team crafted a variety of digital simulations, seamlessly matching camera angles and blending the photorealistic imagery with practical footage. Throughout the story, conjurations are manifested by a range of dynamic visual effects simulated by artists in Houdini.
The protagonist in the story is Fiona. The only witch at her high school, she successfully navigated her teen years by keeping her powers a secret. Everything changes with the arrival of her cousin Luna, who, unlike Fiona, is eager to show off her magical abilities. As the story unfolds it called for an increasing number of challenging displays of computer-generated wizardry – from awe-inspiring to horrifying.
Title: ‘Just Beyond’/‘Which Witch?’ (Ep.3)
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Streaming Service: Disney+
Ryan Zaragoza – Director
20th Century Fox Television
Seth Grahame-Smith -Creator
Seth Grahame-Smith -Executive Producer
David Katzenberg – executive producer
Seth Grahame-Smith – executive producer
Aaron Schmidt – executive producer
David Walpert – executive producer
Stephen Christy – executive producer
Marc Webb – executive producer
R.L. Stine – co-executive producer
Jeffrey Downer – co-executive producer
Rob Rosell – co-executive producer
R.L. Stine – based on the BOOM! Studios graphic novels by
Seth Grahame-Smith – created by
Mitali Jahagirdar – written by
Visual Effects: VFX Legion LA/B.C.
James David Hattin – visual effects supervisor
Antonio Gallardo – visual effects producer
Nate Smalley – head of production Legion/LA
Dylan Yastremski – head of production Legion/B.C.
Alanna O’Brien – visual effects coordinator
Matthew Noren – visual effects coordinator
Mace Al-Hendi – quality control coordinator
Joseph Soloway – quality control coordinator
Rommel S. Calderon – cg supervisor
Eric Ebling – cg artist
Julian Gleizer – cg artist
Bryan Shepperd – cg artist
Ruy Delgado – tracking artist
Michael G. Jackson – tracking artist
Dave Tipper – matte painter
Nick Guth – digital compositor
Matthias Lowry – digital compositor
Eugen Olsen – digital compositor
CAST: Rachel March (Fiona), Jy Prishkulnik (Luna), Sara Borne (Madison), Will Kindrachuk (Emilio), Gabriella Garcia (Gemma), Hannah Kepple (Lianne)
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