Within Sand

Feature Film

Al-Sarid Films

Saudi award-winner gets VFX boost from 1185 Films

Alsarid Films sought out our talent to complete the VFX and online on their award-winning feature Within Sand. The film, set at the turn of the 19th century, required a lot of tyre track-removal, using rotoscoping and motion tracking over many complicated shots. We also contributed to the film’s visuals by creating a CGI fire pit carried by two camels in a sandstorm, among others. The effects were virtually added by our talented team of Nick Franco, visual effects supervisor, and VFX artists Martin Mayer and Simon Wilkinson.

This historical drama is inspired by the true story of a 23-year-old tobacco merchant who is ambushed by a group of thieves and finds himself lost in the desert. His pregnant wife faces the men of the tribe to ensure his return, while he finds himself being followed by a lone wolf. The directorial debut from Alatawi was selected as part of the main competition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, where it won the Competition Jury Trophy in December 2022.

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