Daniel Kaluuya’s screen-writing and directorial debut The Kitchen saw Axis’ VFX division completing scenes set in a dystopian future London.

Written by Kaluuya and co-directed by Kaluuya with Kibwe Tavares, ‘The Kitchen’ is a science fiction movie set in a dystopian near-future London, where gleaming new structures exist alongside a sprawling slum – the Kitchen of the title.

Axis’ VFX Supervisor Gary Kelly and VFX Producer Albert Testani marshalled their team on a tight turnaround to add futuristic skyscrapers, views of The Kitchen, futuristic funeral rites and even a recognisably frustrating run-in with a cash machine.

“The real challenge of this project,” said Creative Supervisor Simon Carr, “was to be able to match the look already set for the film, and to blend the reality of the shooting locations with the imagined future London. Through CG, DMP and extensive compositing, our team was able to do that and to do so and still offer creative ideas and solutions where required. We’re very proud of our work, and to be associated with such a good-looking film”.

The Kitchen is available to stream on Netflix.

Jon Creamer

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