VFXShow 278: Poor Things

Poor Things is a romantic science fantasy black comedy film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and is based on the 1992 novel of the same name by Alasdair Gray. The film is visually remarkable. The Director of Photography was Robbie Ryan and Union VFX in London, headed the complex visual effects work.

The ship design discussed on this week’s episode.

The film stars Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, and Jerrod Carmichael. Its plot focuses on Bella Baxter, a young Victorian woman who, after being crudely resurrected by a scientist following her suicide, runs off with a debauched lawyer to embark on an odyssey of self-discovery and sexual liberation.

The film was shot on 35mm film, and they used B&W stock for the B&W sections of the film and mostly Color Reversal Ektachrome for the color which is why it looks so rich and saturated.. They also used the 8 and 10mm Nikkor Fisheyes and the 4mm s16mm Optex for the full circular fisheye. Otherwise, they used the Master Zoom 16.5-110.

In the podcast, Jason discussed a special lens that Robbie Ryan used, the 58mm Petzval. It produces a swirl effect bokeh with a sharp centre. It is thought to be ideal as a portraiture lens. Link here.

Emma Stone shooting the ballroom scene in Poor Things. Photo by Atsushi Nishijima.

Thanks for listening and joining us. The reconstructed panelists are:

  • Matt Wallin *     @mattwallin               www.mattwallin.com.
  • Jason Diamond  @jasondiamond           www.thediamondbros.com
  • Mike Seymour   @mikeseymour.               www.fxguide.com. + @mikeseymour
  • Special thanks to Matt Wallin for the editing & production of the show with help from Jim Shen.
Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos on the set. Photo by Atsushi Nishijima.

Images Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2023 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

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