from The Art of VFX article:
Can you explain your background?
An art school in Belgium in the 90s (until I was 17 years old). And traditional illustrator for 2 years in advertising. I then made a quick training on tools and 3D video games for a year to finally join BUF in 1995.
How did BUF got involved on this film?
We have always worked with Warner on a historical way: THE MATRIX RELOADED and THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, HARRY POTTER, the different BATMAN. So it’s naturally that they thought of us to participate for the DARK SHADOWS adventure.
How was the collaboration with Tim Burton?
It was all right. Primarily through the Supervisor Angus Bickerton who regularly presented our shots according to their progress. We were fortunate to have Tim Burton one day in Paris for a review in our office.
How have you worked with Production VFX Supervisor Angus Bickerton?
We presented once a week and on every week the progress of our work by video conferencing and cineSync. Angus gave us his feedbacks online, then the next day or the day after we have the Tim’s feedback.
Can you tell us what BUF did on this film?
BUF has delivered fifty shots on DARK SHADOWS.
A good half is for the rejuvenation of Alice Cooper. We also worked on the sex scene between Barnabas and Angelique: we made a shot in which Eva Green has several arms and rips the Johnny Depp shirt. There is the shot with the extra long tongue, all the shots of glass breaking and addition of destruction in the room. Finally, BUF has made a dozen shots with the disco ball falls and that almost crushes David.