- CBS Films
- Martin McDonagh
- VFX Supervisor (Method Studios)
- Uel Hormann
- VFX Producer (Method Studios)
- Melody Woodford
- Method Studios
Seven Psychopaths, a dark comedy caper directed by Martin McDonagh, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival 2012 and received glowing reviews. The ensemble cast - led by Colin Farrell includes, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson - tells the story of a struggling screenwriter that inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Method Studios London crew, led by VFX Supervisor Uel Hormann, worked on a total of 87 visual effects shots over five months. These included two throat slitting sequences one of which was created digitally to enable the team to create exactly the look visualized by the director. The action of the knife against the skin, effect of the pressure from the blade and the amount of blood released were created using CGI so it was possible to adjust the action according to taste. “The main challenge faced on this movie was delivering a believable picture that was also more dramatic, and sometimes slightly more humorous, than real life” says Melody Woodford, Head of Production at Method’s London studio. “The blood sprays in particular had to really engage the audience without appearing too over the top. It took many weeks of concept and FX development to achieve the correct balance that makes you gasp and laugh a little whilst keeping you firmly inside the story”.
Other visual effects work comprised of gun muzzle flashes, smoke and fire enhancements, cinema screen inserts and general shot clean up. In total this film passed through six different Deluxe businesses including Method, Company 3 and Deluxe Labs - a truly collaborative project which benefitted from the close links between our sister companies.