Client: Netflix Creators: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij
Netflix original series “The OA” second season takes the eponymous main character into a new dimension, delving deeper into old mysteries and adding new avenues of existential exploration. Method Studios was tapped to provide story-enhancing VFX throughout season two, including the creation of Old Night, a photoreal CG octopus featured in a pivotal scene in episode four, “SYZYGY.” Old Night uses OA (Marling) as a conduit to deliver his message to a gathered crowd, telepathically speaking to OA while its tentacles wrap around her. Shot practically on location, with dancers in blue suits mimicking Old Night’s movements, and lighting set up to add reflected light (as though from Old Night’s glass tank) in OA’s hair. Our team, led by VFX Supervisor Jed Smith, developed a robust rigging system to move each tentacle as individual parts of a connected whole. Method’s FX team also built a detailed system to simulate Old Night’s sagging flesh and suction cups, as several tentacles are featured prominently wrapping around OA’s body. Compositing was particularly challenging, as each strand of Marling’s hair needed to be rotoscoped and integrated with the CG elements to keep the practical light reflections. Ultimately the Old Night character appears photoreal, seamlessly blended into the practical surroundings for an unsettling sequence.
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