An Australian VFX company has won work on M. Night Shyamalan’s new film After Earth.
Melbourne-based Iloura is working on the sci-fi film which stars Will Smith and his son Jaden as a father and son duo who crash land on a planet that was evacuated by humans 1,000 years ago.
The VFX company has 150 shots and one of five or six vendors working on the big budget film being helmed by the Sixth Sense director.
Caroline Pitcher, business development & marketing director told Encore: “We’re starting on a package of 150 shots and that will grow over the period of the project. We’ve started work already and we’ll deliver final shots in the first quarter of 2013.”
The project is eligible for the Australian 30% VFX Offset. Pitcher said: “We’ve worked closely with Film Victoria in attracting the project to the state of Victoria.”
The majority of Iloura’s work will be creature animation as well as matte painting and VFX scenes.
The work is an extension Iloura’s partnership with US-based Creative Cartel and a won the work off the back of the Omnilab company’s work on Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, in cinemas at the moment, and Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance.
The film has also cast Australian actor Lincoln Lewis of Underbelly and Tricky Business and The Slap’s Sophie Okonedo.
The writing credits go to Traffic’s Stephen Gaghan and The Book of Eli’s Gary Whitta.