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NOUGHTS + CROSSES - WORLD DESIGN
NOUGHTS + CROSSES
What would London look like if Africa had colonised Europe? 

Set in an alternative present, Noughts and Crosses flips the world we know, shifting power and prejudice in a dramatic adaptation of Malorie Blackman's books. 

We were commissioned to help build the world of Noughts + Crosses; from the concept design of the world, to the final VFX, Factory Fifteen helped throughout the pre-production, production and post-production of the show. 

Noughts + Crosses is a six part drama made by Mammoth Screen for BBC.
Watch the show online here:
Noughts + Crosses official trailer
VFX - WORLD BUILDING
The world of Noughts + Crosses is a world of two sides, a world of contrasts and opposites. We retained the strong visual locator of the Thames river that runs through London.  The capital was redesigned to create a clear visual divide between the Noughts on the South side and the Crosses on the North. Vibrant colour and pattern play off a block estate vernacular that is familiar to London, whilst the Spirit of the Cross statue stands tall over an international CBD. Strong pyramidal shaped office buildings stand firm in a modern and African inspired architectural capital; Albion. 

Below show some before / after VFX transformations that locate the story in the show. 
Noughts + Crosses - A new London
HISTORY - WORLD BUILDING
A crucial part of the storytelling was to situate the world. During the development of the show we helped research and speculate as to when Europe was colonised, by who and how. This helps set some rules for the architecture of London. What still exists and what would be re-imagined in a new timeline of history. 

We later designed a series of motion graphic captions that help place the viewer with a new historic timeline at the beginning of the series. 
CONCEPT DESIGN - WORLD BUILDING
A series of original concept artworks were created during the pre-production development phase to design the look and feel of the world. These would go on to form a reference for the VFX. 
Noughts + Crosses original concept artwork by Factory Fifteen
A series of architectural assets were designed for VFX in order to be used by all post-production companies across the series. This gave all teams and artists a consistent kit of parts along with the concept art for direction ensuring a cohesive world. 
Nought Estate tower asset
References: architecture, statues, murals, estates + patterns.
Translight artwork created from the concept art, used for on set lighting - printed 20 metres x 6 metres
SHOTS
Factory Fifteen undertook the establishing and locating visual effects shots for the series. From the Nought estates to aerial city shots, our design package was integrated into the shot footage of the show. 
The Nought Estates
The Nought Estates
The Spirit of the Cross
Cross Skyline at night
Cross Skyline from Primrose Hill
The designed assets were shared with South African based Visual Effects studio Chocolate Tribe to create a consistent palette and look throughout the production. Below are a series of stills from the final series. 
Selection of shots from the final production. VFX credits to Factory Fifteen and Chocolate Tribe.
Project Credits:

UK Visual Effects: Factory Fifteen
Creative Director:  Jonathan Gales 
VFX Producers: Heidi Stephenson, Lauren Fenner
3D Team: Benedetto Bertozzi, Tom Goodliffe, Isaac Eluwole, Jonathan Gales,  Eder Desouza, Mihail Bila, Carl Kenyon, Sam Serridge, Matt Townsend
Compositors: Tom Goodliffe, Turker Tuncer, Carl Kenyon, Jonathan Gales, Conrad Moody, Ken Hau
2D Animation: Adam Cutts, Luca Brenna


Production company: Mammoth Screen Ltd
Executive Producers: Kibwe Tavares, Preethi Mavahalli, Damien Timmer, Ben Irving
Series Producer: Johann Knobel
Commissioner: BBC

Thank you. ​​​​​​​

NOUGHTS + CROSSES - WORLD DESIGN
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NOUGHTS + CROSSES - WORLD DESIGN

Worldbuilding design and VFX for Noughts and Crosses TV show.

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