Locke & Key VFX Breakdown By Cinesite

Locke & Key is an American supernatural horror drama web television series developed by Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, and Aron Eli Coleite, based on the comic book series of the same name by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez. It premiered on Netflix

When Rendell Locke is murdered at the hands of a former student, his wife, and three children take residence in the Keyhouse, the Rendell family home.  The children discover a number of mysterious keys throughout the house, which can be used to unlock various doors in magical ways.  However, they also become aware of a demonic entity, the Dodge, that is searching for the keys for its own malevolent purposes.

Cinesite’s main body of work involved the creation of Dodge’s shadow demons, which creep around the house’s dark interiors, seeking out trouble and ambushing the inhabitants.  They shrink away from light, instantly retreating into the shadows or disappearing when overhead lights or torches are illuminated.

The demons are initially seen as formless flat shadows spreading across the internal walls and furniture before forming into full CG creatures, peering out from the darkness with bright, sinister eyes and attacking the Rendell children.

Cinesite team, led by Cinesite VFX supervisor Holger Voss, contributed about 60 VFX shots to the series, most of which appear in the final, exciting episode.

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