Just Beyond VFX

VFX Legion Conjures Up Effects for Disney’s ‘Just Beyond’

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.

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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.

Before/After: A witch appears, transported into the scene via a swirling tornado-like CG vortex;  a digital cloud fills the room as she uses her powers

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.

Before/After: For this scene, artists modeled a ‘hero’ cockroach, replicated it adding different animated movements, raining down 100’s of digital insect from CG  storm clouds

‘Just Beyond’ is currently featured on Disney+, the premiere streaming service.
For more information about VFX Legion: hhtp://www.vfxlegion.cominfo@vfxlegion.com

CREDITS:

Title: ‘Just Beyond’/‘Which Witch?’ (Ep.3)
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Young Adult  
Streaming Service: Disney+       

Ryan Zaragoza – Director

Production Companies
20th Century Fox Television
20th Television
Boom! Studios
KatzSmith Productions

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

Writing Credits:
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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