Of course, it’s common for a crew to get on set and begin to question earlier decisions – the number of variables that can crop up when cameras start to roll means that best laid plans can change at a moment’s notice.
It’s here, yet again, that working with an internal concept art team that has an intimate understanding of the VFX pipeline can alleviate the stress of last-minute changes and ensure any altered plans don’t harm the end product or create costly delays when you get to post.
“Ultimately, working with a concept art team like ours during pre-production ensures two things,” concludes Molloy.
“Firstly, continuity of communication between you and Outpost, as the concept art team helping you set a look will stay with the project throughout production and post to continue iterating designs and will work directly with VFX artists internally to bring those creations to life.
“Secondly, before you even get to set it will give you a much clearer picture of how VFX provision will take shape months down the line.
“That level of confidence in the creative direction of either a whole show or even just one specific asset will support your shoot and save time in post. It serves the romantic purpose of enabling truly creative collaboration, and the functional purpose of being prepared for post well in advance.”