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ONCE UPON A TIME (3 Lives, 3 Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms)/VFX Trailer Breakdown

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ONCE UPON A TIME (3 Lives, 3 Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms) - VFX Trailer Breakdown

This film tells the story of an epic and tragically fated romance between two deities, Bai Qian and Ye Hua, played out over several lifetimes to transcend time and become a true tale of legend. The original novel was recently adapted into an enormously popular TV series in China, and the film has had significant box office success since it’s release. 

This is one of the first major Chinese films to be released by Alibaba Pictures, and was the directorial debut for Zhao Xiaoding, a long time Director of Photography for the famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Both recently collaborated on the film “The Great Wall”. 

The project had a very particular style requirement which presented a unique set of challenges. Coming up with solutions to these was exciting and ultimately rewarding for the whole team. We were not only challenged artistically, but technically, having to put in place many new workflows and procedures to manage this style of project. 

Over 600 shots were delivered by VHQf or the film. Our work included a small green creature called “Migu” who appeared throughout the film as Bai Qian’s familiar. We  also worked on all of the Heavenly Palace sequences, the ice cave where Ye Hua was entrapped in an ice coffin, the enchanted forest, and the villager to animal transformations. One of the largest continuous shots created was the title sequence which involved a full CG forest and animals, including Bai Qian’s transformation into a fox. This shot was over 2000 frames long, and required many months of work.

VHQ relied heavily on its strong senior talent and leadership, with many years of experience in the Hollywood movie market, to ensure the successful delivery of this project and to guide it’s large and talented team of film VFX artists in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.


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