Using Red One cameras, the film was shot entirely against a green screen and all of the backgrounds were created in CG. The film has three distinctive environments–a German tavern, a circus tent, and an opera house, which were built in 3D. Due to the ambitious nature of the project, RareForm Pictures pulled together a core team of producers, Uyen K. Le, Kevin Williams, Gresham Lochner, Shawn Hull, Gary Levy and Kat Rogers, to help complete it. The extra time and effort was worth it though, and Team Wallenda is exceptionally proud of the vibrant and unique film that was created.
During the post-production phase of this film, VW (writer/director/producer) realized that he would need many artistic hands to help with the various VFX tasks involved in a film containing over 250 CG shots, tasks such as modeling, roto-ing, keying, lighting, texturing, rigging, matte painting, compositing, and digital animation. In conjunction with the Arts Work Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, RareForm Pictures developed an artist-in-residence program centered around Wallenda and provided continuous educational opportunities and hands-on experience for student and junior artists.
VW recruited students from the following local art schools–Art Institute Santa Monica, Art Institute San Bernardino, Otis School of Design, Art Center of Pasadena, California State University Northridge, Santa Monica College, and Gnomon School of Visual Effects–and matched them with various CG and stereoscopic 3D tasks according to personal preferences and skill levels. With the help of Gresham Lochner and Kevin Williams (VFX post producers), Shawn Hull (Art Director), and other senior artists (Ronnie Cleland, Lead Texture Artist), the junior artists received crucial supervision, mentoring, and feedback in order to hone their skills and find gainful employment as CG artists in the entertainment industry. After their Wallenda experience, many junior artists found work at prominent VFX houses, including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sassoon Film Design, Stereo D, 9K9, and West Wing Studios.
This film was an exciting learning experience for all involved. Wallenda taught everyone to push themselves and take risks to accomplish a dream in which we all believed, precisely in the indomitable spirit of Karl Wallenda.