Rushes completed over 90 VFX shots for Nick Moran’s latest feature “The Kid”. We also opened the 2010 RSSFestival with this incredible story.
The film is an adaptation of Kevin Lewis’s bestselling autobiography and is set predominantly in 1970’s and 80’s Britain.
Kevin Lewis never had a chance. Growing up on a poverty-stricken London council estate, beaten and starved by his parents, bullied at school and abandoned by social services, his life was never his own. Even after he was put into care, he found himself out on the streets caught up in a criminal underworld that knew him as ‘The Kid’. Yet Kevin survived to make a better life for himself. His international bestseller published in 2003 is his heartbreaking and inspiring story.
After the critical success of his 2008 directorial debut Telstar, Nick Moran continues on a biographical theme with this inspirational biopic. With an all-star cast led by Rupert Friend The Kid is a moving depiction of a young man’s escape from his brutal upbringing, to his emergence as a bestselling author of crime fiction.
Rushes VFX Supervisor, Jonathan Privett, comments “Having previously had a great experience working with Nick on his brilliant film “Telstar” we were over the moon to be asked to help on “The Kid”.
The film created a number of challenges not least of which was re-creating a visit to the stock exchange of the 1980’s using only greenscreen footage and old PAL resolution archive. We had serious concerns about the sequence as we had very little to work with and the ITN archive was interlaced and had quite a lot of compression artefacts, in the end we made it work remarkably well be using clever grading and keeping the cuts short!
On top of this we completed a range of in vehicle greenscreen sequences, clean up, footage inserts and the film’s titles.
Director / Writer : NICK MORAN
Producer: JUDITH HUNT
Executive Producer: STEPHEN MAY
Executive Producer / Writer: KEVIN LEWIS
Executive Producer: EDWARD ATKINSON
Line Producer: MEINIR STOUTT
Director of Photography: PETER WIGNALL
Post Production Supervisor: ALISTAIR HOPKINS
VFX Supervisors: Jonathan Privett & Hayden Jones
VFX Producer: Louise Hussey
VFX Production Manager: Warwick Hewett
VFX Production Assistant: Sarah Breakwell
VFX Artists: Craig Travis, Dan Alterman, Noel Harmes, Anthony Laranjo ,Simone Coco, Joseph Dymond, Gavin McKenzie, Adrian Nurse, Wesley Roberts, Richard Metson
Data Assistant: Eleanor Rogers
Kevin Lewis: RUPERT FRIEND
Gloria Lewis: NATASCHA MCELHONE
Jackie: JODIE WHITTAKER
Colin Smith: IOAN GRUFFUDD
Lee: JOHNNY PALMIER
Paul: SID MITCHELL
Alan: JAMES FOX
Uncle David: BERNARD HILL
Dennis Lewis: CON O’NEILL
Gordon Peters: RALPH BROWN
Madeline: KATE ASHFIELD
Mr. Hayes: TOM BURKE
Teen Kevin: AUGUSTUS PREW
Dominic: ALFIE ALLEN
Penfold: OLIVER MILBURN
1980 School Nurse: NIAMH CUSACK
Clare: ALISON CARROLL
Margaret: SHIRLEY ANNE FIELD
Mandy: LUCINDA RHODES-FLAHERTY