Beginning late 2016, we spent several months into 2017 as the designated Art Department prepping production design for a local blockbuster action movie. Ultimately, due to several serious complications that couldn’t be resolved, we had to withdraw from the film right before it entered production. It was a shame we weren’t able to see our design vision through till the end, but nevertheless we are thankful for having been given the opportunity in the first place.
Production designer: We Jun Art director: Lim Benji
The Project Office for the Art Department was housed at Kinovisuals during the pre-production phase of the feature film. During this time, we worked in collaboration with the film’s director to design the overall look of the film, as well as relevant graphics, initial wardrobe concepts, vehicle and equipment load-outs.
A unique challenge presented by this project was since the film was going to feature a number of genuine automatic weapons on supervised loan by law enforcement authorities, a way had to be found for these real guns to fire blank ammunition and keep cycling rounds. As the film did not have a proper Armoury Department set at the time, Kinovisuals as the Art Department was tasked to study the weapon systems in question, and engineer a solution that can be fully incorporated and hidden within the existing assembly of these rifles without clumsily protruding from the tips of these weapons as the existing blank firing adaptors (“BFA”) that were used for training exercises. It took several weeks in close collaboration with law enforcement officers for Kinovisuals to develop three original BFA designs for the use of the film.
All three versions of the Kinovisuals BFA Mark 1 were put through several sessions of vigorous testing with a variety of rifles to ensure that they did not pose significant safety risks on set. During this time, we had learnt a whole lot about the creative challenges of trying to produce cinematic muzzle flares with less than ideal training blanks.
The extensive and accurate scale model built by Kinovisuals of a five-storey abandoned resort in Kuantan, after our team had spent several days painstakingly surveying and measuring every individual room, corridor and structure at the site. These models serve as useful tools for department heads on the film to write, block and plan action sequences, as well as logistics for the film.
A scale model Kinovisuals had built of Kampung Masjid at Pantai Beserah, Kuantan after an extensive site survey and measurement for the purposes of facilitating the stunt choreography, planning and logistics for the film.
Close-up detail of the site drawing made by Kinovisuals of Kampung Masjid at Pantai Beserah, Kuantan, which we had extensively surveyed for the scale model produced for the film.