When Baseblack were tasked with creating individual effects and two full action sequences for the latest Harry Potter movie, they wanted to create a greater sense of realism and really enhance the story.
One way of doing this was to find creative ways to use visual effects to enhance the mood and feel of the scene. This was done really well in a scene where Harry, Ron and Hermione are pursued through the woods by Snatchers. To create a real sense of danger, the VFX team created vivid bursts of light bursting from wands in the dusk, and debris filled explosions ricocheting from the trees - a great scene that worked to plan for the VFX team.
The real challenge however was a scene where Hermione tries to erase herself from her parents’ memories and is seen fading out of photographs. What seemed like a basic simple shot with a simple effect proved to be a real challenge for the VFX team, with fast moving camera shots that could have potentially made tracking and match-moving a nightmare. Stephanie Kelly who worked in the VFX team sums it up here:
“Each photo is moving, the camera is moving, the perspectives are changing – there was so much motion in this shot, that without mocha, it would’ve been impossible.”
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