'Odd Thomas'

By Dale, Martin | Variety, May 7-May 13, 2012 | Go to article overview

'Odd Thomas'


Dale, Martin, Variety


BUF creates dark creatures for U.S. helmer's supernatural tale

When helmer Stephen Sommers decided to segue from big action pics, such as "The Mummy" franchise and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," to the supernatural thriller "Odd Thomas," based on Dean Koontz's novel, one of his key goals was to find a vfx house that could bring a unique feel and look to the dark ethereal creatures that haunt the pic's clairvoyant cook, played by Anton Yelchin.

Sommers chose Paris vfx shop BUF, co-managed by Pierre Buffin and India Osborne, whose track record includes "The Matrix," "Avatar," "Arthur," "Green Lantern," "Thor," and Tim Burton's upcoming "Dark Shadows."

Indianapolis-born Sommers has a strong European pedigree, having graduated from Spain's Seville U. followed by a four-year stint touring Europe as an actor and road manager.

"Stephen loves all things French," says Osborne. "He wanted a different, European sensibility for the creatures."

BUF developed CGI elements and computer-generated animation for the pic, incorporated them within the live action.

"We've produced something that's never been seen before," says Osborne. "We've generated complex transparencies and reflections, that mean we're never quite sure what we're watching - its an eerie effect. …

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