Tower Block (2012)
January 08, 2012
A year after witnessing a murder, residents of Tower Block 31 find themselves being picked off by a sniper, pitting those lucky enough to be alive into a battle for survival.
Shot around Canary Wharf, London over the summer of 2011, Tower Block is an independently produced action thriller. I was bought in as VFX Supervisor and worked with VFX Producer Sascha Fromeyer under our company name Lenscare FX. We designed the key shots during pre-production alongside directors Ronnie Thompson and James Nunn, with additional sequences being added during the production stage. The movie was set around a real tower block location, but the building and surrounding area had to be digitally modified to accommodate certain aspects of the story. Other sequences were set on the roof of the building, abseiling down the side of the building and inside the lift shaft – locations which could not be used for safety reasons. For these we needed a combination of partial sets with greenscreens and digital set extensions. There were also many other enhancements to practical effects (mostly squibs and pyros) and the climax of the movie needed the tower block to be (digitally) set on fire.
In the post-production stage we had 8 weeks to complete 80 shots. I coordinated 7 other artists, based in the UK, USA, Ukraine and India. The combination of tight turnaround and work arriving from such different timezones made for a hectic schedule, but the final shot list was delivered within the deadline and budget.