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LOOK Effects was brought on board to shepherd the visual effects for the sixth and final season of the hit ABC show “Lost.” Working closely with the producers and directors of the show, LOOK was tasked with creating well over 1000 shots throughout the course of the season, 350 of those for the final episode alone. Creating the various fantastic locales and characters that populated the mysterious Lost island under a television show’s time and budget constraints required LOOK to really think outside of the box when approaching the work. Having a reliable and effective software suite to aid in this task was essential.
In one sequence for the finale, LOOK was asked to create a representation of "The Heart of the Island.” This was a source of immense electromagnetic energy that emanated from a pool of water deep inside a cavern that was supposed to be the font of all the power on the island. The set itself, constructed in one of the sound stages in the Lost studio in Hawaii, consisted of a cave-like room with a water pool that separated into smaller channels that directed the water into other areas. Lighting and practical smoke effects took the illusion only so far. LOOK was asked to take the magic to the next level.
"We knew that we wanted to create something new for this electromagnetic effect," says Adam Avitabile, visual effects supervisor for “Lost.” "We already had various rays of light coming from the pool, but we wanted to add an otherworldly element to the mix that we could control. We knew that we needed a tool that would produce the results we desired, as well as be quick and relatively easy to work with. We also knew that we wanted to have control over how the particles reacted to a person actually entering the magic pool. The energy in the water was supposed to act as a security system and was meant to react to any presence within it. We ended up using Trapcode Particular to create small particles suspended within the shafts of light. This allowed us to animate the elements within Particular to move from a calm to agitated state as needed. It really gave us the results we were after. Using Particular became invaluable to us – and to the success of the effect."
About LOOK Effects
LOOK Effects offers an experienced and resourceful approach in visual effects design and supervision. LOOK partners with their clients in feature film, episodic television, and special venue projects so the visual effects production flows smoothly with production schedules. For over a decade LOOK’s proficiency in on-set supervision, set extension creation, 3D animation, and complex compositing have built an impressive list of clients and credits: Wall Street 2 (20th Century Fox), Step Up 3D (Disney), Avatar (20th Century Fox), Lost (ABC), Bones (Fox), 24 (Fox), and many more.
More information about LOOK Effects and other projects can be found at http://www.lookfx.com.