The team’s work on the film covered a wide gamut of both 2D and 3D visual effects work, including vast set extensions, intricate simulation work, fully CG environments, digital actors, extensive CG integrations with live plates and the creation of astonishingly photorealistic CG sharks.
Over five months, Outpost VFX harnessed the talents of a team of over 40 talented artists to build an impressive slate of key sequences, including various close-up shots of photorealistic 3D sharks, a CG cage that plummets into the depths of the ocean, ferocious attack sequences and more.
Produced by Tea Shop & Film Company, 47 Meters Down tells the story of two sisters who travel to Mexico, only to become trapped in a dive cage on the ocean floor. In shark-infested waters, the pair struggle to survive both a dwindling air supply and the advances of these terrifying aquatic beasts.
The film’s Director, Johannes Roberts, worked closely with on-set VFX Supervisor Sean Mathieson, who was brought on by Outpost VFX to create a tense, visceral and immersive survival experience. When asked about Outpost VFX’s work on 47 Meters Down, Roberts said: “Just phenomenal work. I’m speechless how good you guys are.”
Outpost VFX's owner, Duncan McWilliam, was Executive Producer on the film alongside the Weinsteins, steering the VFX budget to create the best possible on-screen production value. Duncan has also been Executive Producer on several other films, including the BAFTA-winning Under the Shadow and also Final Score, which is currently in production.
“47 Meters Down was a real breakthrough opportunity for Outpost VFX to show what we are capable of producing,” explained McWilliam. “Being the sole VFX vendor on the show across such a broad range of VFX disciplines was fantastic for our team to really flex their creative and technical muscle.
“This show really accelerated the development of our in-house proprietary tools and pipeline and now gives us a great calling card for creature and environment work across VFX-heavy shows.”
Outpost VFX utilised Nuke for 2D work, Maya for 3D and animation, Houdini for the film’s numerous particle and fluid simulations and ZBrush for creature sculpting, plus 3DEqualizer and After Effects.
“Since creating this film back in March 2016, the studio has doubled in size and worked across a series of Hollywood blockbusters including Life, Jason Bourne and Nocturnal Animals,” continued McWilliam. “With Electric Dreams and Final Score currently in production at the studio, our team is being constantly challenged to create incredible work.
With the release of 47 Meters Down, we hope to springboard off its success and be seen as a go-to VFX facility on large-scale features in the future.”