High-Rise

Feature Film, 2015

Milk designed and created the visual effects for Ben Wheatley’s critically acclaimed feature High-Rise (Recorded Picture Company).

The Milk team collaborated with Wheatley, providing invisible visual effects to support his vision of a fictional futuristic 1970s look and style.

Scroll down to take a look at our High Rise reel below…

Milk’s brief was to create all the external views of the high-rises and their surrounding environment including the fabulous penthouse roof gardens.The brief included references to the Barbican with strong emphasis on Brutalist style.

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Milk designed and created the visual effects for Ben Wheatley’s critically acclaimed feature High-Rise (Recorded Picture Company).

Adapted by Amy Jump from J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel, High-Rise is set in the 1970s, in an ultra-modern high-rise development.

VFX brief –
Milk collaborated with Wheatley to support his vision of a fictional futuristic 1970s look and style.

Milk’s brief was to create all the external views of the high-rises and most of their surrounding environment where most of the action takes place including the fabulous penthouse roof gardens.The brief included references to the Barbican with strong emphasis on Brutalist style.

HIGH-RISE ENVIRONMENT
Milk built five CG tower blocks and their surrounding external environment. The towers needed to be arranged in a circular pattern to represent an open hand and fingers, with the lake in the centre of the palm. Wheatley’s brief required each tower to be built in the Brutalist style in an individual, asymmetrical shape with an external rendered concrete finish.

Milk’s VFX Supervisor Murray Barber worked closely with Wheatley and production designer Mark Tildesley using their concepts and architectural plans to ensure the design and feel was absolutely right.

Four of the towers are still under construction in the film, requiring Milk to design period cranes, trucks, and construction equipment and ensure that the unfinished buildings conveyed the feeling of a construction site and looked fully authentic. For two key flyover shots Milk also built the car park for the inhabited tower and populated it with period CG cars.

Part of Milk’s brief was to help convey the concept that the main tower – in which the action takes place – has its own ‘character’. When the film begins the tower has a colourful, utopian feel, which gradually becomes increasingly destructive and sinister – as the fabric of the high-rise community breaks down.

Milk achieved this using lighting; the team bathed the main tower in glorious sunlight, bright blue skies and added lens flares at the start of the film. As the film progresses the power in the building begins to fail- and the lights flicker and go out. Milk gradually adjusted the lighting from this point to become darker and added brooding stormy skies to create an overall atmosphere of foreboding and anarchy.

Said Barber: “High-Rise was a hugely enjoyable project; we were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ben Wheatley again. We’re currently in production on his forthcoming feature Free Fire which is our third collaboration with him.”

NUMBER OF SHOTS: 60

SIZE OF CREW: 32

DURATION OF PRODUCTION: 5 months

Here’s a link to the official website High Rise Website

Check out the trailer…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYmY2tBYins

 

 

 

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Credits

VFX Producer
Jenna Powell

VFX Supervisor
Murray Barber

2D Supervisor
Sara Bennett

CG Supervisor
Nicolas Hernandez

VFX Co-Ordinator
Sarah Williamson

Collette Nunes VFX Editor

Modelling Supervisor
Sam Lucas

Texture Lead
Henry South

Rigging Supervisor
Neil Roche 

Matchmove Supervisor
Amy Felce 

Modeller
Stefan Brown

Junior Modeller
Gavin Platt

Matchmove Artist
David Jones

Animation Lead
William Correia

Animator
Joe Tarrant

FX TD
Luca Zappala 

Lighting Lead
Darren Byford

Lighting TD
Bastien Mortelecque, Dom Alderson

Matte Painters
Turlo Griffin, Simon Wicker

Compositors
Henning Glabbart, Matias Derkacz, Pedro Andrade,
Ellie Sutton, Matt McDougal, Theajo Nagarajan,
Neil Alford

Junior Compositors
Tomi George, Jay Murray

Roto Artist
Fernando Ferrer

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