Nexus

MORE FUN TOGETHER

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CLIENT
Affyn
FOCUS
CG and Film Production
DATE
Oct 2022

ABOUT

“A mobile Metaverse with a digital layer that is mapped to the real world where users can explore, play and participate in activities based on their geolocation” - Affyn.

MADNESS

To present the different possibilities of how users may interact with the game, we sought to meld both the digital and real worlds — an approach that was only possible through the marriage of conventional film production storytelling and visual effects technology.

This meant that our CG artists didn’t just bring game world elements into the real in relatable scenarios suggestive of their game world counterparts, they were also heavily involved in the process of imagining and designing the game world and its characters.

METHOD

As firm believers that process determines output, our kernel concept of converging two worlds had to extend beyond the creative outcomes our directors were gunning for. It meant a conscious, deep-seated integration between live-action production processes, post production and visual effects pipelines with neither relegated as an after thought to each other. 

From blurring the lines between practical effects that lended physical interactions to our live-action cast and sets, and visual effects for elements that just weren’t possible in the real world, to a tailored post production pipeline that didn’t merely account for the myriad of tools and colour spaces our teams had to work with - Maya for modeling, Substance Painter for textures, NukeX for compositing, Houdini for VFX and Davinci Resolve for colour grading - but also when in the pipeline they came into play.

This re-engineering of our processes was necessary in delivering on a believability our directors placed emphasis on, especially in a film that is as character driven as this is.

TWO WORLDS CONVERGE

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To provide an immersive experience to our viewers, heavy focus was placed on the texturing, lighting and compositing to bring everything together. We used Substance Painter for textures and DaVinci Resolve for the color grading. Taking reference from similar media such as Detective Pikachu, we managed to achieve balance by merging the two worlds.

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MORE FUN TOGETHER

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We wanted to embody Affyns slogan “More Fun Together" by giving the creatures personality to enhance their footing in the world. Showing Pigasus urgency to wake his owner gives the same sense as a playful child, and Bronto's curiosity resembles that of a golden retriever. These personalities bring life to the Nexus buddies as they join your journey with family and friends.

BEHIND THE SCENE

Take a look at how we made the 2 worlds colide

CREDITS

Thank you, to all whom we've crossed paths with on this magnificient work.

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CG Production → Method N Madness

Executive Producer/ Director → Tan Wen Hao

CG Producer → Christian Fontaine

Assistant Producer → Euan Garcia

CG Director → Alex Scollay

Concept Artist → Francesco Guarini

CG Modeling → Andres Salvatierra, Arianna Querin

CG Generalists→ Tan Ya Ting, Huzaifi Razali, Hisham Taufik, Nick Lim, Chetan Walia, Zheng Jie

Animation Lead → Lucio Mennillo

Animation Artist → Jaikumar Balasubramanian, Rahul Mohan Gore, Jaturon Jetwiriyanon, Rama Jha, Salman Attar, Nabeel Ahmed, Luka Trinh

VFX Artist → Kulapong Vaiyamugamuygul

Compositing → Luis Calvo

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Production → Semicolon

Director → Jac Min

Assistant Director → Tan Jiayu

Excecutive Producer → Michelle Yap

Assistant Producer → Joanna Teo

Director of Photography → Shyan Tan

Camera → Chris Ang

Gaffer → Benjamin Ong

Colourist → Eugene Seah (The Chop Shop Post)

Audio → Fuse

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Art Director → Chris Koh

Casting → Hello Group

Wardrobe Stylist → Sharon Tan

Hair + Makeup → Casey Ling

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