Megan Proof of concept
MEGAN is a proof of concept that can be best described as a tribute to Bad Robot’s Cloverfield Universe, considering much inspiration was taken from Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), as well as the franchise’s websites, mangas, marketing campaigns and the online ARG (alternate reality game).
Director: Greg Strasz
Writers: Giuseppe Mercadante (story & script), Greg Strasz (story & script), Jean de Meuron (story)
Producers: Jean de Meuron, Giuseppe Mercadante, Olcun Tan
Executive producer: Nicolas Emiliani, Greg Strasz
Co-Producer: Khader Hayath Kareem
Associate Producers: Edwin Modlini II, Nathaniel Pope
Director of Photography: Markus Förderer, BVK
Production Designer: Carol Winstead Wood
Editor: Zimo Huang Music: Iris Wallner
VFX Supervisors: Olcun Tan, Greg Strasz
Sound Design and Dolby Atmos Mix: Peter Bawiec, M.P.S.E.
Cast: Matilda Lutz, Garret T. Sato, Ralf Moeller, Yuki Sakamoto, TJ Misawa, Edwin Modlin II, Paolo Bernardini, Kevin LaRosa II, David Villada, Michael Baszler, Cam McHarg, Arthur Naptiontek, Isaac Stephen Montgomery, Hovo Vardanian, Matthew Conner.
With the support of RED Digital Cinema, Helinet, Gradient Effects, PRG, ISS, DOLBY, Digital Sputnik, Keslow Camera, Western Costume Co and Demobaza.
The five-minute short includes over 100 VFX shots created by Gradient and sister company Secret Lab, many of which are highlighted during a making-of section immediately following the film. The relationship mirrors a common workflow throughout the company, which often sees proprietary effects and tools created for feature films by Secret Lab passed down and used by Gradient to increase the quality of their TV productions.
“Gradient and Secret Lab were designed to tackle two different challenges: demanding TV schedules and ambitious VFX,” said Olcun Tan, Gradient owner and visual effects supervisor. “Finding ways to blend the practices has helped us turn out special projects for years. With Megan, we learned how to apply the same process to 8K, which will help us serve our clients even better when it becomes the new standard.”
Since Megan centers on the aftermath of an alien event, one of the short’s focal points is a group of soldiers who start the film rushing to the scene in their Black Hawk helicopters. Having designed several CG helicopters for TNT’s The Last Ship, Gradient re-purposed the assets, giving them 8K textures and the type of tiny details – moving bolts and vibrating doors – that make a CG asset more believable.
Olcun Tan – Jean de Meuron – Giuseppe Mercadante
Visual Effects and DI:
Gradient Effects LLC
Director of Photography:
Carol Winstead Wood
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