LOS ANGELES — Proof Inc. (www.proof-inc.com) provided previs services for Universal Pictures’ recently-released feature film, Fast & Furious 6. According to creative director/founder Ron Frankel, Proof provided previsualization for six sequences, which involved the creation of 40 minutes of original animation. The studio also provided post-vis services, including the production of 200 visual effects shots.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the film’s returning cast, which includes Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, and Ludacris. Proof’s previs supervisor Alex Vegh, who has been the previs supervisor for the second through the sixth films in the Fast & Furious franchise, says the studio was involved early on this film with director Justin Lin in the development process, and stayed on until the end of the picture.
“I had the opportunity to work with Justin on developing the ideas for the action sequences and to create the action beats,” he recalls. “We then animated the shots and designed the sequences in previs. I took the previs with me on set and had the chance to supervise some splinter unit scenes, which was very interesting and a lot of fun. Due to the escalated level and quick pace of the production of this film, I concurrently worked with teams on both previs and postvis. This was the first film where we used an all British crew in London — 20 people —as well as a team based in Los Angeles. I even traveled with the production when they went on location to the Canary Islands!”
Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz served as producer and says the Fast & Furious films “are all about extreme action with real cars and real cameras. I'm a big believer in previs. It's the best way to develop the intense action that our fans expect long before anyone even shows up on set. We’ve been working with Alex Vegh and the team at Proof for years and they really have the Fast & Furious franchise dialed in.”