The film starring Bill Milner, Maisie Williams, Rory Kinnear and Miranda Richardson, is the story of 16 year old Tom, who awakens from a coma to discover that fragments of his smart phone have embedded in his brain, giving him superhero powers. Outpost VFX Supervisor, David Sadler-Coppard, led the project and was on set throughout, working closely with director, Adam Randall.
Outpost VFX provided all 150 shots, the vast amount of which were coined ‘iVision’ - which is how the protagonist connects with and manipulates technology. These shots consisted of motion graphic elements that were composited in Nuke. The work also involved numerous digital matte paintings in and around London, green screen window replacements, SFX enhancement and basic cleanup/wire removal/crew removal.
Key sequences the team worked on included the bus and school scenes where Tom first begins to understand and exploit his powers. Outpost VFX had to make sure their visuals were interesting to look at, but were also able to support the story and allow the audience to understand what was happening.
Another key sequence for Outpost VFX is when Tom is in control of powers and uses them to first hack the GPS of a phone, then a series of drones and helicopters, and then finally to pinpoint a car on a map using license plate recognition. The sequence moved between third and first person and the challenge here was to design all his iVision to work across multiple angles and with sometimes quite cluttered backgrounds.
The 150 vfx shots were diverse with careful attention given to the design, animation and final comp of all the iVision shots. Particle effects were used to design a climactic event at the end of the film and Outpost VFX designed, storyboarded and developed the incredibly creative and complex title sequence. All of which was done in just 7 weeks.
This is the second feature Outpost VFX have completed with Wigwam Films, after the BAFTA award winning Under The Shadow. iBoy was released in all territories on Netflix on January 27th 2017.