Wednesday, October 04, 2006
The Outsiders - Fort Kerris
Here are 4 of my renders of the CG Model that I made for ITV's The Outsiders. The live action shoot for this sequence took place at 'Salisbury Dock' in Liverpool, a brief history of which can be seen lower down this page.
When Niel from Qurios contacted me during the summer he already had a whole bunch of stills taken by Matt Turner, also from Qurios, to show me what needed building. I also travelled over to Liverpool with Niel one day while they were shooting various parts of the live-action to get more reference photos and get a feel for the actual place. The job was to take the Clock Tower and surrounding area which sits in the dockland and make it look like it was a Sea Fort out in the middle of the Outer Hebrides somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. The whole island was built as a CG location to match up with the real location, the parts of the island we didn't see in the live action we expanded upon, adding some wartime pill boxes and other details.There's even a Portaloo, the orange box on the far right of picture 3. The Clock Tower, or Victoria Tower as it's known was modelled first, this was chopped into around 1000 parts so it could be seen to explode at the end of the episode. Most of the textures were derived from the location, or matched to the reference we had taken whilst on location.
Once the model was complete it was passed over to Qurios who completed around 6 shots for the show, these included an ariel establishing shot of the island, complete with CG guards and birds flying overhead, a view from an approaching boat, and the destruction of the Tower and aftermath as it stands smouldering.
I was very pleased to have been given the opportunity by Niel to work on this show, and on such an unusual location, especially after building spaceships for Hyperdive, this really made a change and had it own challenges.
Check out the Qurios Blog where I'm sure more info on their work for The Outsiders will be getting posted over the next few weeks. http://qurios.blogspot.com/
The Real Location
Victoria Tower, Salisbury Dock, Liverpool. UK.
Salisbury Dock is one of a group of docks opened on the same day in 1848 and all designed by Jesse Hartley - the others being Collingwood, Stanley, Nelson and Bramley-Moore Docks. The Victoria Clock Tower is located at the entrance to Salisbury Dock. As communication routes became more complex in the 19th century the need to know the exact time increased.
An Ariel photograph of the Salisbury Dock entrance.