Unlike Tom Hooper, not many filmmakers can say they got an Academy Award for best direction with their second film, but that’s exactly what fate had in store for the director with The King’s Speech. Undoubtedly, a cinematic jewel to global cinema, accompanied with an impeccable cast, the film is based on King George VI who reluctantly assumes the throne after his brother abandons his position.
George (Bertie), who is plagued by a dreaded stammer, is also considered unworthy of becoming king. With the orthodox therapist, Lionel Logue lending a helping hand, Bertie undergoes a set of unique methods, and as a result of an improbable friendship he is able to overcome his verbal pitfalls to boldly lead the country through the cold war.
The King’s Speech has swept the Oscars taking away four Academy Awards but an interesting ingredient that made up the story was the visual effects (VFX) in the film. Molinaire, Pixion’s London based VFX arm were one of the chosen facilities for Tom Hooper’s, The Damned United. As a result of this professional association, fortune favored the brave with Molinaire and Pixion securing, The King’s Speech.
In order to make sure that each shot conveyed what the director wanted, the VFX supervisor from Molinaire and Tom worked closely together. Since the film was shot in modern London, the main challenge for the VFX team was to remove large numbers of modern day structures to recreate the scenes and the environment that would augment the King’s era and add authenticity to the film.
Mumbai based Pixion Studio’s CG head Viral Thakkar said, “The challenge for us was to create a very robust workflow between the teams in UK and India. Pixion diligently adhered to the deadline and delivered the shots to Molinaire with the desired quality.
Shot over nine weeks mainly in London Viral Thakkar and Ranadheer Reddy, Compositing Lead from Pixion, along with Nik Martin from Molinaire, worked in tandem to fabricate this picturesque masterpiece that literally left us speechless. BollywoodHungama is honored and takes special pride in presenting you with the visual effects making of The King’s Speech.