This is just one example of the EditAvance approach used in hundreds of shots in the series. “By the end of the show, between the shots of the house, augmenting the scars on Camille’s body and the other assorted clean-ups, replacements and greenscreen shots, there were over 2,300 visual effects shots in the show.”
The other key component of the EditAvance process is music. For SHARP OBJECTS, like for all of his previous films, Vallée didn’t choose a traditional composed score but source material, songs that the characters play. “In the real world, we live our lives surrounded by music. Same with these characters, including Camille.”
In the show, Camille and major characters have unique “playlists.” Vallée shapes the sound atmosphere around the playlists by tweaking and repurposing the music’s themes, durations, volume, presence, and distance. Says the director, “I knew I wanted Led Zeppelin to be the sound of the show. That defines a character. Or two. Alice and Camille.
To realize his music-centric vision for telling Camille’s story, Vallée’s team used classic invisible visual effects and post-production techniques such as speed ramps, sound and picture overlays, extraction and repositioning, morphs, split screens, digital extensions of sets and locations. These techniques helped Vallée match each character’s visual story to their musical story.