the dead one (el muerto)

Visual Effects

Anything that had a mirror or glass finish would serve as portal to and from the Aztec’s parallel worlds so demons could come through.  To achieve a supernatural feel we used event driven particle systems combined with cloud tank and lens elements.  Entire sequences were tracked and treated this way.  Rather than commit to a single look, production decided not to shoot any footage of the Tezkat god, so we designed and built a highly detailed CGI model that was capable of extreme close-ups with realistic facial motion.  Additionally we completed dozens of shots featuring digital rain, matte paintings, scars, eye replacement, gunshots, wounds, beauty shots and unique transitional elements.