L.A.-based visual effects house Proof recently provided previs services for Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 6, which was released May 24. According to Proof creative director/founder Ron Frankel, the company provided previsualization for six sequences of the film, which involved the creation of 40 minutes of original animation. Proof also provided post-vis services for the film and produced 200 visual effects shots.
“The Fast & Furious films are all about extreme action with real cars and real cameras,” said Original Film’s Neal Moritz, producer, Fast & Furious 6. “I’m a big believer in previs. It’s the best way to develop the intense action that our fans expect, long before anyone even shows up on set. We’ve been working with Alex Vegh and the team at Proof for years and they really have the Fast & Furious franchise dialed in.”
“We were involved very early on this film with director Justin Lin in the development process, and stayed on until the end of the picture,” explained Proof’s previs supervisor Vegh, who handled previs for the second through the sixth installments of the franchise. “I had the opportunity to work with Justin on developing the ideas for the action sequences and to create the action beats. We then animated the shots and designed the sequences in previs.”
“I took the Previs with me on set and had the chance to supervise some splinter unit scenes, which was very interesting and a lot of fun,” he added. “Due to the escalated level and quick pace of the production of this film, I concurrently worked with teams on both Previs and Postvis. This was the first film where we used an all British crew in London – 20 people – as well as a team based in Los Angeles. I even traveled with the production when they went on location to the Canary Islands”
Proof has already been retained to provide previs services for Fast & Furious 7.