Drag Me To Hell

Tippett Drags you to Hell

Tippett Studio was responsible for the films opening sequence in which the Lamia seizes a cursed child and drags him into Hell, as well as the climactic scene at Los Angeles Union Station wherein the earth cracks open and demon hands emerge.

To increase the dramatic affect of the fall the station platform was raised which in turn made it necessary to recreate the entire set digitally with new platforms, track, trains, station and sky. A combination of matte painting, reference photography projection and commuters, shot on green screen, comprised the recreation of the train station.

Tippett built a miniature practical set of Hell. The set and elements of smoke, fire and embers were shot using a combination of hi-def RED and Phantom high-speed cameras, and the footage then composited in an almost real time feedback loop (the stage is adjacent to where the CG artists work.) CG elements were added, including a desiccated version of Christine whose skin scorches and sizzles in the flames of Hell.

Creative Team

  • Matt Jacobs (VFX Supervisor)
  • Paul Hill (VFX Producer)
  • Thomas Schelesny (VFX Supervisor)