Here’s a little glimpse behind the scenes with dock10’s vfx breakdown for recent Red Production/Netflix hit, The Stranger.

dock10 provided Manchester’s first end-to-end post production for a Netflix Original scripted series. Post Production, from initial planning stages and ingest of dailies to delivery of the final, finished episodes to Netflix, for this 8 x 60-minute 4K HDR drama, was completed over the course of almost a year at dock10’s facilities in MediaCityUK.

Alongside the series post production, dock10’s VFX team created over 350 individual VFX shots spanning green screen, digital matte painting, CG set extensions, destruction effects, digital stunt work, digital art direction and digital make up.

Several key scenes for the series relied on the VFX team for the recreation and destruction of an existing Liverpool street location. To achieve this, the VFX team used extensive photographic references to accurately recreate the street, with principle photography taking place on the studio back lot using a section of replica housing against a green screen. Working closely with the director, director of photography and production designer, these scenes were previsualised in CG, at full scale, both to help in creating the sequences and also to provide the dimensions and distances of the green screen needed by the construction department.

The street, and its destroyed section, were created in CG, accurately lit using lighting data collected on the shoot, and the elements composited with the live action footage along with additional dust and destruction elements to achieve a highly realistic and seamlessly integrated CG action sequence.

dock10’s VFX Supervisor Jim Solan, along with Senior 3D Artist Ant Campbell, Lead Artist Chris Powell and Senior Producer Jon Nunn, worked closely with both teams of series directors and directors of photography from pre vis to final delivery of all shots.

Jon Creamer