WWI Soldier finds "Rest" in Short Film by Cole Schreiber
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
In this short film by Mill alum and Director Cole Schreiber,
"Rest," a young American WWI solider unearths himself from his
grave in the European countryside ninety years after his death. The
film is a dark, beautiful meditation on a wayward soul's pursuit of
peace and completion.
Co-Leading the VFX for the film, 2D Artist Gigi Ng say of the
project, "When Cole first came to me with the script for "Rest," I
knew that I wanted to be involved. Little did I know that even with
all the scene cuts, the film would amount to 114 shots! Almost
every shot has been touched in some capacity."
One of the challenges of this project was coming up with a look
for the main character's eyes. The director didn't want them to be
black holes, but didn't want them to look "alive" either. The team
settled on a mixture of darkening and removing the eyes and
tracking in eyes that appeared to have cataracts.
Gigi continues: "Another challenge was coming up with a
treatment for the POV scenes--when we are seeing the world through
the zombie's eyes. There was a lot of trial and error until we
decided on the final look.
"I knew that one aspect of the treatment I wanted to include was
the streaking of objects that the zombie was trying to focus on,
which I think works quite well. My Co-VFX Lead, Jade Kim, did a
beautiful job with the whole end of the film, from compositing in
headstones to the building of the final grave itself. You should
see what it actually looked like--the actors were shot on a small
mound of dirt inside a studio, and Jade managed to make the shots
into something that looked realistic and magical at the same
"It was great to work closely with Cole; it felt like a true
collaboration. He even came out from L.A. to work on it and graded
the entire film himself on Flame! Last, but not least, a special
shout out goes out to everyone who helped with the film. It
couldn't have been done without you!"
"Rest" was featured on the front page of Vimeo, was Short of the
Week and was shown on the front page of Yahoo! Japan.
Visual Effects leads: Gigi Ng, Jade Kim
Producers: Maura Hurley, Bethan Thomas
Compositors: Jeff Robins, Akwasi Poku, Brian Houlihan, Randy
Krueger, Robert Bruce, Dusty Diller, Melissa Graff, Keith Sullivan,