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Keeping It a Little Unreal for A Series of Unfortunate Events

The new Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the Lemony Snicket children's novels, is already receiving rave reviews. Set in a slightly hyper-real world where the Baudelaire children are orphaned and placed in the foster care of their distant relative Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), the Netflix show has been praised in particular for its over-the-top visuals and stylized look. One visual effects studio helping to realize that tone is Vancouver-based CVD VFX.

CVD is a new VFX studio, founded in mid-2015 by experienced visual effects supervisor Chris van Dyck, but the company has already contributed to several episodic television shows, films and computer games.

On A Series of Unfortunate Events, CVD was brought on mid-way through production and worked with visual effects supervisor Craig Hayes and Jon Cowley to produce around 100 shots.

One of the first challenges CVD VFX had to deal with on the show was fitting its work into the desired look. "It's a hyper-real stylized world," says van Dyck. "You generally want to start by making things look photo-real but then you quickly had to depart from that. We ended up several shots that looked pretty surreal, as opposed to photoreal."

A shipping yard scene of a berthed cruise liner was one such visual effect requiring a different approach. "It was much more painterly," notes van Dyck. "Our matte painter Romain Bayle painted over some geometry based off of the real SS United States, and brought it into the world of Lemony Snicket with sepia tones and stylized clouds, too. It has that surreal, nostalgic tone."

A similar approach was required for a street scene featuring the narrator, Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton). These shots, filmed on partial sets, were more complicated because they also contained a 'pseudo-timelapse' effect as the scene goes from night to daytime.

Read the rest of Ian Failes' interview at our website.

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Ocean Waves at Vancity Theatre

Rarely seen outside of Japan since it was first released in 1993, Tomomi Mochizuki's Ocean Waves is a beautiful and poignant coming-of-age story about three teenagers coming to terms with their changing friendship.

The first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than the studio founders, Ocean Waves is finally getting the type of international attention it so richly deserves, and we are pleased to offer you a special opportunity to see the film!

Playing until January 20 to February 2 at the Vancity Theatre, SPARK Newsletter subscribers can take $2 off their ticket price by entering the code SPARKOCEAN at checkout. Discount only applies to online sales.

Tickets are now on sale and available on the Vancity Theatre website.

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