‘Day After Tomorrow’ arrives at Orphanage

Co. to complete over 45 f/x shots for disaster film

The Orphanage, whose growing visual effects arm recently completed key sequences for Revolution Studios’ “Hellboy,” has landed Fox’s “The Day After Tomorrow” as its next project.

The Orphanage will complete more than 45 shots for the weather-run-amok disaster film, which bows May 28.

“The Day After Tomorrow” signals the Orphanage’s growth over the years from a small boutique handling effects sequences on indie films and telepics to a company that can tackle studio tentpoles requiring hundreds of shots.

For the Roland Emmerich-helmed pic, Orphanage visual effects supervisor Remo Balcells and visual effects producer Jody Echegaray will lead a team of 60 effects artists to create digital environments, character animation and dynamic particle simulations.

The Orphanage’s Marc Sadeghi is executive producer on the project; he also oversaw the company’s work on “Hellboy.”

Digital Domain and Industrial Light & Magic are the lead effects shops on “The Day After Tomorrow.”

For “Hellboy,” 80 visual effects artists at the Orphanage created 300-plus shots for helmer Guillermo del Toro’s comicbook adaptation, including concept art and 3-D previsualization of key sequences, 3-D digital environments and traditional miniature sets, character modeling and animation.

The effects team was headed by visual effects supervisor Jonathan Rothbart and visual f/x producer Velvy Appleton.

“The Orphanage VFX team really impressed me with the artistic and technical quality of their work as well as the broad range of visual effects and character animation capabilities they can provide,” Del Toro said.

Cinovation, Spectral Motion, DDT Efectos Especiales, Tippett Studio, Cafe FX and Fantasy II also worked on “Hellboy.”

The Orphanage also created effects shots for Dimension’s “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,” United Artists’ “Jeepers Creepers 2,” the HBO pic “Iron Jawed Angels” and Miramax’s “Hero.”

F/x house, which is also looking to produce films, was founded in 1999 by former ILM visual effects artists Rothbart, Stuart Maschwitz and Scott Stewart.

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