A renegade cop uses his exceptional Kung Fu skills to uphold law and order in 1980s Miami before embarking upon a time travel adventure that involves both Vikings and dinosaurs. Finally he faces the worst criminal of all time: Adolf Hitler a.k.a. Kung Führer.
David Sandberg’s trailer for “Kung Fury” hit the internet in early 2014 and immediately became a worldwide hit, attracting millions of followers and ultimately also the attention of Hollywood. Thanks to enthusiastic fans and backers on Kickstarter, plans for shooting the rest of the film soon became reality. The idea was to expand the trailer into a 30 min long film, adding new scenes, twists and turns as well as some new characters and lots of over-the-top jaw dropping action. Obviously.
When creating the trailer, Sandberg had done more or less all VFX by himself. Now he needed effects for a film more than 10 times as long. So he and his team at Laser Unicorns approached Fido. And we gladly invested both time and hearts into this awesome project, resulting in a film that has grown into a phenomena with over 23 million hits on Youtube and receiving awards on festivals all around the world.
On January 19th 2016 Kung Fury won the Best Short Film Award at the Swedish Film Awards Guldbaggen.
Movie VFX Breakdowns
Fido did nearly 400 VFX shots for Kung Fury, ranging from fairly straight forward green screen compositing shots to very advanced shots with a variety of different 3D animation and VFX effects. Scroll down to watch VFX breakdowns of some of our favourite shots.
Almighty Dinomite Fight
Nazi Martial Arts Explosion
Bunker & Mayhem
Great Balls of Fire
Arcade Street Mayhem
On May 28th 2015 Kung Fury was released worldwide. All over the world, people gathered to party and watch the film as it hit the internet (in Sweden it was aired on SVT.) If you still haven’t seen it, just click on the link below, sit down with a bowl of popcorn and prepare to be amazed by this insanely entertaining half hour film.
Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival
The world premiere of Kung Fury at the Quinzaine des Realisateurs / Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival was a great success. Fido was of course there, together with David and his team.
The Music Video - VFX Breakdown
Fido did 90% of all digital effects in “Kung Fury” and some of those shots can be found in the Kung Fury “True Survivor” music video with David Hasselhoff. But Fido also produced eight VFX shots exclusively for the video. This shot is one of our favourites. Internally, it was titled ”The Mayhem Shot”. It’s a great example of how you can add lots of different layers, greenscreen footage and digital effects into one single shot, creating the ultimate David Hasselhoff shot.
The Music video
The inspired idea to involve David Hasselhoff in the launch of the film was almost too good to be true. Sandberg approached the legendary actor/artist with “True Survivor”, a brand new song written by hit maker Jörgen Elofsson (with a track record of hits for the likes of Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson). Both Hasselhoff and Universal Music loved the song and video idea and instantly greenlighted the project. The video includes all those things we associate with the 80s, like a Lamborghini Countach, Kung Fu kicks, evil Nazis and some Viking babes with lots of firepower. And a Tyrannosaurus. Obviously.
The video includes many VFX shots from the film, as well as eight all new shots with VFX by Fido.
Fido VFX crew:
VFX Supervisor: Cameron Scott
VFX Producer: Matilda Olsson
VFX Executive Producer: Claes Dietmann
VFX Production Manager: Anders Singstedt
Lead Lighting TDs: Johan Gabrielsson & Filip Orrby
Composting Leads: Daniel Norlund & Tomas Näslund
VFX Pre-Production Breakdown: Nils Lagergren, Kaj Steveman, Eva Åkergren
Pipeline Engineer: Erik Johansson
Systems Administrator: Thomas Eriksson
VFX Artists: Alexander Eriksson, Anders Nyman, Cameron Scott, Carlos Correia, Chris Judkins, Daniel Norlund, David Enbom, David Nelin, Egil Eskilsson, Erika Johansson, Filip Orrby, Fredrik Höglin, Fredrik Olsson, Gustav Alexandersson, Janak Thakker, Joakim Eriksson, Joakim Olsson, Johan Gabrielsson, Jonas Lindfors, Jonas Manell, Jonathan Skifs, Karl Rydhe, Klas Trulsson, Kristian Livén, Kristian Rydberg, Kristian Zarins, Laura Andersen, Magnus Eriksson, Martin Borell, Mattias Sandelius, Mattias Snygg, Niklas Lundgren, Rickard Engqvist, Rodrigo Vivedes, Sandra Scholz, Staffan Linder, Stefan Lagerstam, Sven Ahlström, Teo Mathlein, Tomas Näslund, Viktor Andersson, Zebastian Lilja, Max Wikdahl