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Erik Matti hints at ‘hidden’ visual effects in horror film ‘Kuwaresma’

/ 09:35 AM May 21, 2019
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Director Erik Matti has shared just how much work was involved when it came to the “hidden” visual effects of his horror-mystery film “Kuwaresma,” which hit Philippine theaters last May 15.

A lot of his films do not get noticed for their visual effects, as per Matti’s post via Instagram last May 18. In his 2018 thriller action film “BuyBust,” for example, Matti said they only probably had one visual effect every five shots. “Kuwaresma” is different, however, and saw Matti’s team employ many visual effects in creating the film’s monster.

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In #Kuwaresma, we employed a lot of visual effects,” he said. “We had a man in a demon suit made of silicone and latex wearing [the] most basic structure and look of our monster. Then we digitally redesigned it adding textures and exaggerated horns and hairs bulking it up to look like a 10ft devil Hulk Hogan.”

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A lot of my films never get noticed for its visual effects. #Buybust probably had 1 visual effect every 5 shots. The last drone shot of the film with all the dead bodies was a visual effect feat. Up to now, I’d have filmmakers and viewers ask me how it was put together. The amount of material, assets and clean-ups for that shot took out a lot of time and manpower on our visual effects team. I love to marry practical effects and computer graphic enhancements. It makes the digital make-up and enhancement more seamless because we didn’t do anything out of nothing. CGI for me is mainly as enhancements, as movie magic and shouldn’t give you bragging rights when you see it(except now I had to brag about it for anyone to really notice it). In #Kuwaresma, we employed a lot of visual effects. We had a man in a demon suit made of silicone and latex wearing te most basic structure and look of our monster. Then we digitally redesigned it adding textures and exaggerated horns and hairs bulking it up to look like a 10ft devil Hulk Hogan. Our visual effects company handled the effects and they did an awesome job putting it together. Lots of fights and debates as to how we can agree on the effects but all in all it came out just great. Cheers Mothership! Catch Kuwaresma this weekend and see all the hidden visual effects in the film. Count it. You’ll be surprised at how many there are that looked too ordinary to be considered a computer visual effect.

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Matti added there were many fights and debates when it came to the effects, but said it all came out great in the end. He then challenged his fans to try to count the visual effects in the film, some of which look ostensibly ordinary.

“Count it,” he said. “You’ll be surprised at how many there are that looked too ordinary to be considered a computer visual effect.”

“Kuwaresma,” which was filmed in Baguio, is top-billed by John Arcilla and Megastar Sharon Cuneta, a project that showed the veteran actress in a different light.  /ra

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