"The Black Phone" VFX: Before and After

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SJ Golden
Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

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Blumhouse Productions called on VFX Legion to create the visual effects for ‘The Black Phone,’ director Scott Derrickson’s newest horror genre film.  Co-written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill (‘Sinister,’ ‘Dr. Strange’) and starring Ethan Hawke as the maniacal villain, the chilling tale is an adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story of the same name. Legion, also the primary visual effects vendor for ‘Sinister 2,’ (2015), re-teamed with Derrickson, Cargill, and Blumhouse, delivering over 200 shots for their new psychological thriller, which opened in theatres on June 24th.

Set in suburban Denver, Colorado in 1978, ‘The Black Phone’ is the story of Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), the latest victim of a sadistic serial killer dubbed ‘The Grabber’ (Ethan Hawke). The boy is held captive in a basement where help comes in supernatural form through calls from his kidnappers’ previous victims on a disconnected phone.

Credits

TITLE: ‘The Black Phone’ | GENRE: Horror-Thriller Film | THEATRICAL RELEASE:  June 24, 2022

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Blumhouse Productions, Crooked Highway, Universal Pictures

PRODUCERS: Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Joe Hill, Ryan Turek, Christopher H. Warner

CO-PRODUCER: Jennifer Scudder

DIRECTOR: Scott Derrickson

CO-WRITERS: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill

BASED ON SHORT STORY by Joe Hill

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Brett Jutkiewicz

EDITOR: Frédéric Thoraval

VISUAL EFFECTS by VFX Legion LA/BC      

SENIOR VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR / CREATIVE DIRECTOR: James David Hattin

VISUAL EFFECTS PRODUCERS: Nate Smalley, Antonio Gallardo

VISUAL EFECTS PROJECT MANAGER: Dylan Yastremski

VISUAL EFFECTS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Reid Burns

CG SUPERVISOR: Rommel S. Calderon

ON-SET VFX SUPERVISOR: Kent Johnson

VISUAL EFFECTS COORDINATORS: Joseph Soloway, Mace Al-Hendi

DIGITALCOMPOSITORS: Nick Guth, Adam Kelway, Kate T.C. Lin, Matthias Lowry, John R. McConnell, Lauren Morimoto, Brad Moylan, Eugen Olsen, Rafael Perez, Daniel Keith Raffel

SENIOR ANIMATOR: Sebastian Weber

MATTE PAINTER: Dave Tipper

TRACKING ARTISTS: Ruy Delgado, Michael G. Jackson

CG ARTISTS: Eric Ebling, Bryan Shepperd, Shantel Short, Erik Van Horn, Jonathan D. Feldman, Patricio Harris

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