Episode 1 of “Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds” calls for the following:
Director Andrew Cymek and I had previously discussed what the end of the world would look like in the “Dark Rising” universe, in preparation for the shot, after the script was written, so the “cliff-face” was changed to the top of a building. Also much easier to shoot than a full CG cliff with green screen actors.
The next stage was to put together an animatic. An animatic is a crude animated version of the scene/shot. As you can see in the video below, the shot starts behind Nathan and Summer, revealing the destroyed city, then drops off the front of the building, through the rubble, passing through all kinds of horror that befell mankind at some point in the past, eventually coming to rest on a group of demons who now populate the world.
Enough? Not by a long shot; a giant demon cockroach monster then climbs over the side of a ruined overpass and starts attacking the demons!
The shot is wide and very detailed, so it’s gonna take a good deal of time. Stay tuned for updates of all the steps along the way.