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VFXShow 264: Nope

This episode reviews the team reviews: Jordan Peele’s Nope.

Nope is a neo-Western science fiction horror film written, directed, and co-produced by Jordan Peel.

According to the Internet (!), the title of the film was rumored to be an acronym for “Not of Planet Earth” or “Not Our Planet Earth”, but the director has since said that the title referred to the reaction he hoped to elicit from audiences.

The film is divided into five chapters: “Ghost”, “Clover”, “Gordy”, “Lucky”, and “Jean Jacket”, and follows an unconventional at times challenging narrative.

It starts in 1998, in a large studio, where a sit-com studio audience for the show Gordy’s Home, has just witnessed the star chimpanzee animal actor attacking, killing and maiming his human co-stars. The film then jumps to the present day, to the Hollywood ranch of Otis Haywood Sr. and his son, Otis “OJ” Haywood Jr. It is here that the new incredible fabric-like alien appears, known in the film as ‘Jean Jacket’.

Daniel Kaluuya as OJ and Keke Palmer as Jill Haywood

Far from being just an alien encounter film, Nope is widely thought to be a film about exploitation and the cinematic history of exploitation in film, as you can hear in this week’s episode.

CalTech professor John O. Dabiri collaborated with Peele and his team on the design of Jean Jacket, and in particular, its final true “biblical angel” form, which was inspired in part by sea creatures such as jellyfish, octopi, and squid. Guillaume Rocheron was the VFX supervisor with MPC.  The visual effects shots featuring Jean Jacket, utilize both CGI and practical effects.

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