Omar Hilal: “The film uses a music track that is all about routine and boredom. The song’s chorus says, ‘Nothing ever happens; Nothing happens at all!’ and that was the basis for our idea.
“It’s a story about a man who has become like a caged animal and only returns to his human form at the end of the film, once he has booked a vacation to a beach escape.”
Dejavu director Omar Hilal and the Platige VFX crew conjure a forlorn folksinger (who also happens to be a mandrill) to prove Tajawal’s travel app can help you shake your routine-induced ennui.
VFX/Post: Platige Image
Executive Producer: Zicz
VFX Supervisor: Piotr Borowski
VFX Producer: Mateusz Wisniewski
Department coordinator: Ewelina Chmielewska
Junior production coordinator: Ewelina Zawadowicz
On set supervisor: Piotr Borowski
Grading: Piotr Sasim
DI: Piotr Dutkiewicz
Online: Piotr Popielawski
AV: Maciej Zak
DI support: Cezary Musiał, Kamil Stec
Modeler/shader/groomer: Grzegorz Flaga
3D support: Magdalena Modzelewska, Artur Borkowski, Bartlomiej Kmita
Rigger: Igor Surin, Pawel Szczesny
Tracking: Piotr Borowski
Animation: Bartosz Jerczynski, Wojciech Jakubowski, Damian Klos
Renderer: Jakub Wlodarczyk, Marcin Jozwiak
Compositing: Tomasz Januszewicz, Maciej Pretki, Lukasz Przybytek
Production house: Dejavu Dubai
Executive Producer: Manasvi Gosalia
Director: Omar Hilal
DOP: Serge Teloun
Art Director: Charbel Naimeh
“The fur itself was a huge challenge. To make it look realistic, we not only had a life-size mock-up of the animal on the set, but also a fur reference, which was necessary to capture how the light on the set reflected off the hair.
Watch the making-of video:
“We then used the information obtained in this way in our further animation work. This was a unique project, and its successful execution was made possible by excellent cooperation with the client, the production house, and the director.”
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Mateusz Wiśniewski, VFX producer at Platige: “We obtained over 1,000 reference photos of a representative of this species, taken in a zoo, so we could accurately reproduce the mandrill’s appearance and behavior.
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Client: Tajawal

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