M&C Saatchi-backed short film Kindred secures VFX houses

The makers of an indigenous sci-fi film has secured three VFX houses to complete the post production.

Written and produced by Josh Bryer of M&C Saatchi, the film Kindred was shot in December in Sydney’s Blue Mountains and will call on Digital Pulse, Heckler and ZSpace to finish the project.

The announcement:

Three of Australia’s leading film VFX houses, Digital Pulse, Heckler and ZSpace, have teamed up to work on the visual effects for the Australian sci-fi short film, Kindred.

The M&C Saatchi-backed short film is written and produced by Josh Bryer and co-produced by Annie Kinnane, with first-time film director Oscar Nicholson supported by a wealth of Sydney’s best post production talent.  Produced in association with Altaire Productions, Kindred is the first sci-fi to star indigenous Australians. Kindred was filmed in December 2012, on location in Sydney’s Blue Mountains and in a studio with a custom built green-screen set.

With the offline edit completed by editor Charles Ivory, Kindred’s VFX work began late January 2013. VFX specialists are being drawn from three of Sydney’s leading post-production houses, Digital Pulse, Heckler and ZSpace competitive businesses collaborating to add sci-fi magic to Kindred.

Digital Pulse are the lead VFX house, doing the bulk of the work, preparing theshots and working on six of the nine VFX sequences. Kindred Co-Producer Annie Kinnane is overseeing the post production for Digital Pulse, who – together with Post Producer Adam Hicks and Executive Producer Brett Heil – is charged with the demanding task of bringing the spaceship and its environment to life, along with some key alien technology.

“Kindred is an attractive project from a creative perspective. We are great science fiction fans and although the visual effects are very ambitious for a shortfilm, we are up for the challenge”, says Executive Producer of Digital Pulse, Brett Heil.

Heckler, under Post-Producer Thandiwe Phillips, is concentrating on two complex human injury effects, while ZSpace is focusing on another complicated aspect of alien tech.

Dubbed ‘the world’s shortest feature film’, Kindred has a crew of more than 70, 40 of which are currently working on the VFX.

The budget for the short film was crowdsourced through IndieGogo, which attracted investor, Altaire Productions.  Producer /writer Josh Bryer is running an additional funding campaign for post production on IndieGogo. People who donate to the film will be amongst the first to see it on completion.

Kindred is aiming for a midyear premiere, after sound and music by Smith& Western and the final grade at Digital Pulse by Senior Colourist Tristan La Fontaine.

Source: Kindred press release


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