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Brickyard VFX Brings Beauty to Life in 'Ruby Sparks'

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Directorial duo Dayton/Faris tapped longtime collaborators at bi-coastal Brickyard VFX for all visual effects work on their second indie feature, Ruby Sparks. A prolific and award-winning team, Dayton/Faris has partnered with Brickyard VFX since the company’s inception on numerous music videos, commercials, and other projects.

In Ruby Sparks, Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.
"Our job on Ruby Sparks was to enhance and polish the shots, keeping it artful and beautiful without detracting from the storytelling," explained Brickyard's VFX Executive Producer Kirsten Andersen. "All of our work needed to be photo-real and elegant, fitting with the film's aesthetic. This is one of those projects where if we did our job right, the viewer won’t even know we were there."
Brickyard delivered 80 VFX shots for Ruby Sparks. Sequences that Brickyard contributed to include the film's opening scene, a swimming pool scene shot underwater, skywriting over the Los Angeles skyline, and images of Ruby dreamily projected onto a ceiling. The opening scene features Ruby as an almost heavenly figure, surrounded by light and seemingly walking on air. "While the sequence was shot practically, we did quite a bit of tweaking on the color and lighting, working closely with the directors to polish the shot exactly as they intended it to be seen," explained VFX Artist Chris Sonia. "For the underwater sequence, we color corrected and manipulated many layers of footage, compositing and repositioning the swimming characters, to achieve a very fluid and ethereal feel," said VFX Artist Geoff McAuliffe. "Working with Jonathan and Valerie is always a treat," said Andersen. "It's always a compliment to get their phone call, even after all these years, to help them achieve their vision."
Ruby Sparks opened on Wednesday, July 25. View the trailer here:
About Brickyard VFX
Brickyard is a digital production studio skilled in high-end visual effects, animation, design and creative development for advertising, feature films and emerging media. With shops in Boston and Santa Monica, Brickyard is artist-centric at the core, fostering a close collaboration of not only artist-to-director but the entire creative team. Within a cozy eclectic production space, Brickyard assembles a customized crew of designers, animators, and compositors for every project. Please contact Kirsten with Brickyard VFX Atlantic at (617) 262-3220 or Jeff with Brickyard VFX Pacific at (310) 453-5722, or visit
Credits: VFX Production Manager: Kirsten Andersen, Jeff Blodgett VFX Artist: Geoff McAuliffe VFX Artist: Robin Hobart VFX Artist: Sean McLean VFX Artist: Patrick Poulatian VFX Artist: Mandy Sorenson VFX Artist: Chris Sonia Rotoscope Artist: Henrique Ghersi Rotoscope Artist: Gina Downing VFX Junior Artist: Evan Paras VFX Coordinator: Linda Jackson

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