Crafting a Beautiful World: A Conversation with VFX Guru Juan Pablo Acosta for WONDER PARK
WONDER PARK is the story of a young girl named June with a big imagination who makes an incredible discovery—the amusement park of her dreams has come to life. Filled with the world’s wildest rides operated by fun-loving animals, the excitement never ends. But when trouble hits, June and her misfit team of furry friends begin an unforgettable journey to save the park.
As well as WONDER PARK, Juan Pablo Acosta is also known for his recent work on Aquaman (2018), Dark Phoenix (2019), Dumbo (2019) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).
In our interview, we talk to up-and-coming visual effects artist Juan, he tells The Fan Carpet’s Marc Jason Ali about how he got involved with Wonder Park, arriving at the visual style for the film and what the future may hold for Wonder Park…
How did you first get involved with Wonder Park?
Well I was working in Spain and I previously worked with a company that’s called Illion, they are the creators of Wonder Park and since I worked there they called me to see if I wanted to be part of this show.
And to be honest I couldn’t resist; not only because it’s the biggest company in Madrid not just in Spain, they working on it and making it look as good as it does on the scree, and any challenge for me; it was a technical challenge as well an artistic challenge; I couldn’t say no.
Yeah it’s great. I mean it’s probably a silly question, but do you have a favourite character, obviously the chimp is the main character when you get into the fantastical world of the actual park, but do you have a favourite character or did you approach them differently when creating the visuals for them?
Yeah I would say I like Boomer the bear, although I didn’t have a chance to work on the actual characters we where focused more on the construction of the world and the fireworks, so sadly I didn’t work on any of the characters but I would say Boomer was one of my favourites.
Okay cool. When creating the visuals, you say you where more tasked with the scenery and the backgrounds and stuff like that, how did you arrive at the visual style? Because it’s incredible.
Well, we worked closely with the director to bring to life what the director or the co-director had in their minds and this I would have to say it was a combined creation between us, me and Carlos [the director of photography] and the idea that he has combined with the director was to make it beautiful to see and I think they bring that to life combined process because we have to show our work to our supervisors.
What I really liked about Wonder Park is the supervisor worked with us but also the director worked with us individually so we had a straight forward direct from the director and DOP.
Okay. Within your own career, what are you working on next that you can talk about?
I can’t say much but I will say stay tuned because we’re going to deliver the trailer for it soon, it’s amazing and it’s one of the shows that we’ve got coming out that I’m excited about, we have some movies coming that I don’t think people are expecting, so we hope it’ll be a nice surprise for everyone.
Well I look forward to it. For yourself, how did you first get into visual effects and wanting to do that as a career?
Well I’ve been working and studying in this industry for twenty years, when I started I was studying journalism, doing all sorts including post production. I was introduced to this and I fell in love with the possibilities.
Just before I let you go, Wonder Park is an incredible film, very creative I loved every aspect of it and it’s very funny too. I suppose my final question would be, what do you see for the future for Wonder Park?
Oh, Wonder Park, as you say is a beautiful film, with a beautiful message that I hope people will take on board, I don’t know what the future holds but I am proud to have been a part of it. But hopefully in the future we’ll come back to Wonder Park.
Thank you so much again for speaking to me today it’s been incredible and the film is incredible, I look forward to seeing whatever you do next.
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