A ‘Broken Toy’ and a shape in the dark

Over the last few weeks, the VFX team for Daniel Miller’s ‘Broken Toy’ have been working tirelessly to create the central VFX toy character of the film, Mikkei. The below image contains concept sketches for the character, created by Ellie Ansell.


Broken Toy Daniel Miller UK film industry short film VFX Ellie Ansell Art concept sketches

For the film 'Broken Toy', the team has decided to create a small promotional video for the toy Mikkei. The promotional video will be in a similar(ish) vein to the Buzz Lightyear advert from ‘Toy Story’, if you’ve seen it. Its aim is to showcase both the talent of the VFX team involved, but also build awareness of what we're doing to a wider audience. The VFX team's efforts have produced some truly amazing results, which you will be able to see soon.


Further developing the universe a fictional character resides within is a great way to build upon your initial idea. It’s the first few brush strokes on the canvas, or the first moments you notice the outline of a shape in the dark (did you see what I did there? You'll have to see the actual 'Broken Toy' film once we've produced it to really appreciate that).


Below is a selection of behind-the-scenes images from the 'Broken Toy' promo shoot in Richmond Park. Special thanks to the team involved, it was quite the hot day!


Broken Toy Daniel Miller UK film industry short film VFX mirror ball director shot filmmaking London Ixion TV Producer

If you're curious as to the purpose of the strangle looking mirror ball (above) then check out this video describing how they were used to create the Colossus character in Deadpool. Alternatively have a read of this more detailed explanation.


Broken Toy Daniel Miller UK film industry short film VFX Richmond Park London Ixion TV Producer
Broken Toy Daniel Miller UK film industry short film VFX mirror ball filmmaking Director London Ixion TV Producer
Broken Toy Daniel Miller UK film industry short film VFX camera department sony a7s mk2 cinematographer London Ixion TV
Broken Toy Daniel Miller Director UK film industry short film VFX Sally Low Cinematographer Sony A7s mk2 Feral Equipment rental London Ixion TV
Broken Toy Daniel Miller Director UK film industry short film VFX filmmaking Cinematographer Director of Photography Richmond Park London Ixion TV Producer

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