Rocket Media, a long term Pixeldust production partner, invited us to collaborate in the creation of visual effects and the post-production of the FBI film The Nevernight Connection. The film follows an ex-government employee who was unknowingly recruited by Chinese intelligence, and inadvertently provided sensitive material. Pixeldust’s contributions to the film included editing, final finishing, color correction, sound design, visual effects, and motion design.
Creative Director: Ricardo Andrade
Art Director: Manuel Messerli
Lead Animator: Jason Starbird-Tierney
Producer: Elizabeth Andrade, Emily Vitek
Editor, Colorist: Mark Andrade
AN AESTHETIC FOR THE FILM
Pixeldust thought that aesthetics should match the intensity of the story and went for a cyber-punk feel. They used monitors with information-crowded windows and fast searching of databases; things that one associates with the hacker scene. The film has a hint of suspense and the idea of a looming threat when a person divulges classified materials.
The color grading and motion graphics on the different screens, as well as sound effects, helped create a suspenseful mood for the film. Choosing the right team as a post-production and editing partner is crucial for creating a proper film atmosphere.
GIVING HINTS WITH THE USE OF COLOR
Since the film could be not be shot in international locations, Pixeldust used post-production techniques to give subtle hints of a change of country by using color grading. The scenes in America were slightly bluer, while the scenes set in China had more redness in the shadows.
MOTION GRAPHICS THAT SUPPORT THE TONE
Pixeldust created all the animation and motion graphics that appear on screens, whether it is a mobile phone or a computer. In additionn, Pixeldust designed and animated the title sequence and the credits while visually supporting the suspenseful tone, which is filled with deceit and hi-tech drama.
Through the use of dark tones and references to made-up search engines did the trick, Pixeldust conveyed the idea of looking for the truth in darkness through the visual enhancements and post-production.
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