Bold transitions between stark visual styles make director Sam Raimi's vision of Oz a dynamic adventure for the senses. Ominous tornado-swept fields of a black and white Kansas give way to magnificent color bursts of vibrant fantasy landscapes full of curious characters in Oz the Great and Powerful. With the need for a tremendous range of assets to pull off the film's wild settings and kooky characters, VFX and animation studio Sony Pictures Imageworks turned to KATANA for its reliability, scalability, and power.
Juggling roughly 50 characters, a massive volume of assets, and around 1,200 shots for the production, the Imageworks team had its work cut out for it on Oz. Kevin Souls, who started as Look Dev Supervisor for the first half of the show before transitioning to CG Supervisor, worked previously on Raimi's Spider-Man 3, which proved to be a very different project in terms of scope and visual design.