Straw Dogs

For Straw Dogs, director Rod Lurie gave Zoic Studios the chance to stretch their legs in creature animation and visual effects for this gritty suspense thriller. The story follows David Sumner (James Marsden) and his wife Amy (Kate Bosworth) as they are dragged into a dark tale of violence and retribution. The principal VFX challenge was to create photo-realistic CG deer for three sequences in the film. The deer become more and more symbolic of David’s personal struggle as the film progresses, so a tone of believable innocence and unquestionable reality were essential.