FILM
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
DIRECTOR DAVID SLADE

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FEATURE: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT

DIGIPOST FINISHED SOME 600 VISUAL EFFECTS SHOTS, AROUND 85% OF THE TOTAL VFX IN THE GHOST HOUSE PICTURES / COLUMBIA PICTURES FEATURE, A FILM BASED ON THE GRAPHIC NOVEL BY STEVE NILES AND BEN TEMPLESMITH.

SYNOPSIS

For 30 days every winter, the isolated town of Barrow, Alaska is plunged into a state of complete darkness. It’s a bitter time when most of the inhabitants head south. This winter, a mysterious group of strangers appear: bloodthirsty vampires, ready to take advantage of the uninterrupted darkness to feed on the residents remaining in town. Barrow’s Sheriff Eben (Josh Hartnett), his estranged wife Stella (Melissa George), and an ever-shrinking group of survivors must do anything they can to last until daylight in 30 Days of Night.

EFFECTS

Digipost’s team worked closely with the 30 Days Of Night production team, including VFX supervisor Charlie McClellan, to deliver a range of effects, including extensive rig removal, set extension and gore shots. Specialised environmental enhancements were carefully designed to add to the intense mood of the film. The VFX team used the power and speed of Flame and Inferno for the demanding effects, with Fire, Shake and Combustion complimenting the workflow.

A key part of the work was producing a subtle yet disturbing digital phenomenon, coined ‘digital vampire effects’, designed to heighten the terrifying nature of the film’s murderous villains. “Some types of effects are created and meant to be appreciated as computer generated effects”, explains McClellan, “while others are more aimed at the effect on the audience on a subliminal level.”

Digipost provided editorial with Avid systems for cutting the feature, and managed high definition grading and transfer of 35mm dailies in the Spirit DataCine® suite. Dailies files were streamed to the USA utilising high speed broadband. HD previews of the film were conformed and graded at Digipost, prior to test screenings in the USA.

The 30 Days of Night production team were housed at Digipost’s Auckland facility for the post phase, allowing a close working relationship between the VFX supervisor and the Digipost team. Prior to the Cannes Film Festival, a hard-hitting Dolby® Digital Surround Sound mix was produced for the trailer in the Digipost Dolby® certified audio facilities.

FILM CREDITS

Director
David Slade

Screenplay
Steve Niles
Stuart Beattie
Brian Nelson

Based on the IDW Publishing Comic by
Steve Niles
Ben Templesmith

Producers
Sam Raimi
Rob Tapert 

Co-Producers
Ted Adams
Chloe Smith

Executive Producers
Joe Drake
Nathan Kahane
Mike Richardson
Aubrey Henderson

Cast
Josh Hartnett
Melissa George
Danny Huston
Ben Foster
Mark Boone Junior