Case Study - Kick Ass 2

London-based post and VFX houses combined to provide DI and effects on US/UK co-production.

Leading broadcast and film post production house, Molinare, combined expertise with visual effects boutique, Nvizible, for Jeff Wadlow’s, Kick-Ass 2 – the second instalment of the comic book franchise, featuring superhero Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and foul-mouthed teenage assassin Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz).

The digital intermediate on the film was completed at Molinare, with Nvizible handling VFX shots including; CG set extensions, CG buildings, panoramic environments, blood and weapon enhancements for key fight and explosion sequences.

Director of photography for the film, Tim Maurice-Jones, used the Alexa Studio camera 2880x1620 sensor to produce a 2:39 image, while editorial working at Pinewood used DaVinci software to create 2K DPX files. A conformed sequence was then sent to Molinare where the feature was graded on a Baselight Eight grading system in their premier grading theatre.

The editor on Kick-Ass 2, Eddie Hamilton, continued to edit the film during the three week grade, while Molinare's, Asa Shoul, set looks on sequences to produce a rich glossy appearance on screen, often using up to eight layers on a shot. Raw plates were pulled from Nvizible which they supplied 2K DPX back to Molinare with mattes, so that foreground and background elements could be manipulated separately.

Julie Parmenter, MD, Molinare commented: "We are very proud to have been involved in the post production of Kick-Ass 2 and delighted that we have been able to team up with Nvizible, who are leaders in the VFX field.

The two teams have worked in tandem to produce a really outstanding result that brings the whole film to life. We found new approaches and ways of improving the workflow between VFX and the DI that will save time in the future."

Nic Hatch, Nvizible's MD continued: " It's fantastic that two London based facilities provided all the VFX and DI for Kick-Ass 2 and I?m thrilled that Nivizible and Molinare had such a good working relationship that can be developed on future projects." 

Kick-Ass 2 was written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and co-produced by Matthew Vaughn. The film's story is based on the Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl comic books, both by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.


UK Screen members Pinewood Studios, Panalux, Arri Media and The Visual Effects company all worked on the movie too.