March 27, 2007

The Orphanage Completes Postproduction on The Host

San Francisco, Calif. - The Orphanage completed the six-month postproduction schedule on The Host, South Korea’s largest budget and most ambitious film to date for one of Korea’s premier film production companies, Chungeorahm Films.
As the principal VFX house, The Orphanage team led by veteran VFX supervisor Kevin Rafferty, executive producer Marc Sadeghi, CG supervisor Shadi Almassizadeh, and VFX producer Arin Finger supervised location shooting in Seoul.
The Host tells the story of a toxic monster that emerges from the depths of the Han River to terrorize the citizens of Seoul. 
VFX supervisor Kevin Rafferty joined The Orphanage after more than 20 years at other major VFX and animation companies -- including DreamWorks where he was the lead CGI supervisor on the CG animated hit Shark Tale and ILM where he supervised several Oscar nominated films including Star Wars: Episode One, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Dragonheart.  Rafferty, who spent extensive time on set in Korea, says “When I heard that The Host would premiere at Cannes, I was absolutely ecstatic. The worldwide critical praise is also extremely gratifying. I am so proud, honored, and excited to have been involved with this incredible project!” 
In addition to extensive CG modeling and creature work, digital doubles, wind, fire, smoke, and rain, The Orphanage oversaw the creation of a practical puppet fabricated in Australia at the Oscar winning John Cox Creature Workshop (Babe).