KOJO Studios delivered extensive post-production and VFX work on critically acclaimed indigenous vampire hunter series Firebite co-created by Warick Thornton and Brendan Fletcher for SEE-SAW FIlms and AMC Studios.
Filmed in Coober Pedy in South Australia’s famous outback opal mining town, KOJO Studios was the sole picture post and VFX vendor on the 8 x 1hr episode series. Our work included VFX shoot supervision, look development, dailies, editorial, 4K online, colour grading, visual effects and final delivery.
Firebite is a gritty, high-octane, effortlessly cool spin on the vampire and fantasy genre that follows two Indigenous Australian vampire hunters, Tyson and Shanika, on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the middle of the South Australian desert.
“This was certainly an ambitious project that Warwick and Brendan had a clear vision for, the KOJO Studios team worked above and beyond to bring their story to life and provide a complete creative, technical and production solution to the series.” said Marty Pepper, Executive Director of Post & VFX at KOJO Studios
“Oh my God. Firebite was so fast and furious, I had control until I didn’t and that was when KOJO Studios stepped in and made sure I was still in control.” Warwick Thornton, creator/director/DP.
The series premiered in the US on AMC+ on the 16th of December 2021 whilst principal photography continued in South Australia, meaning KOJO Studio’s holistic service offering became a critical component of the project’s tight production schedule. With the last of the episodes airing on February 3rd 2021, the team worked through January, delivering all 300 minutes of content, with over 400 final VFX shots, flawlessly and on time.
“From our first meeting, I knew we were in safe hands with KOJO. They have all the bells, whistles, hardware and software that you want to see in your post house, but it’s the attitude of the people that makes all the difference.” Brendan Fletcher, co-creator. Fletcher goes on, “The KOJO mob are deeply committed to supporting your vision and are tireless in the realisation of that. We had an insane delivery schedule that I wouldn’t wish on any post house, but KOJO managed this without ever making me feel we were cutting corners or compromising for the sake of a deadline. They are committed to serving the story and constantly ready to be nimble and fluid as the process requires,”
“Powered from the top by Marty and Elene Pepper, KOJO were a privilege to work with and delivered high-quality work under extreme pressure with a calm, can-do attitude. They really love what they do and it shows. This is what collaboration is all about.” Test