The website of the popular scifi magazine SFX has an interesting news feature on the visual FX used in next weeks series opener Partners in Crime.
The Adipose – the new alien race that we will see in Partners in Crime – will be computer generated beings, and will be realised using the crowd-generating Massive FX technology that was created for the Lord of the Rings movies.
Usual CGI specialists The Mill contacted Stephen Regelous to assist in creating an “army of diminutive critters”. Massive was developed by Regelous at digital effects company Weta and is regarded as the premier animation system for generating crowd effects, allowing animators to populate a scene with hundreds of characters who look and act independently of one another.
Regelous was happy to work with The Mill on Partners in Crime.
“…Weâ€™ve been very excited to see the wonderful work thatâ€™s been produced over the years there using Massive. When I first found out that The Mill was working on Doctor Who, I was quietly hoping that Massive might be used to create hordes of Daleks or Cybermen and with series four, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved”.
“By the time I came to London for my three weeks of lending a hand, The Mill had already done a great job of putting together the characters, complete with geometry, textures and animation cycles,” Regelous continues. “So all that was left to help out with was the fun stuff of putting some magic into the brains. Though the creatures all look quite similar to each other, we were able to create a lot of subtle variation in behaviour, motion, proportions and look.”
Regelous adds “Itâ€™s been very fulfilling to be a fan from about three or four years old and finally be able to contribute to the Doctor Who universe.”
Certainly looks like a televisual event not to be missed…