Spoiler Alert! How Intelligent Creatures Used Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio for the Horror Film's VFX
Few popular horror movies are more severe than The Witch, a period-accurate supernatural drama that made the transition from film-festival darling to multiplex hit based on a savvy campaign by distributor A24.
The film itself is a smoldering, low-key study of life in the wilds of New England after one family is excommunicated from a 17th century Puritan plantation. Living in isolation, they are visited by evil, including the abduction and sacrifice of an infant, a demonic possession, and the presence of a very unsettling goat, Black Philip, who apparently speaks to the family's young twins.
The violent climax gives way to a haunting coda set deep in the woods where — SPOILER ALERT! — the adolescent daughter, Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy, pictured above), laughs and laughs as she finally joins the witches' coven.
Toronto post house Intelligent Creatures executed the film's VFX work in Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio. Here's how the team accomplished two key shots for the film, in the words of Intelligent Creatures compositing supervisor Eric Doiron.
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